VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Seven schools in Indiana, including Sarah Scott Middle School, will be awarded School Improvement Grants of more than $8 million over the next three years.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced Thursday this money is awarded to schools that demonstrate a great need for these funds as well as a commitment to use these funds to raise achievement levels.
Sarah Scott Middle School will be receiving $948,829.85.
“As a Title I school Sarah Scott had an opportunity to apply for this large federal grant,” explained Dr. Karen Goehller, Vigo County Schools. “It’s $900,050 dollars for three years. We’ve gone through a pretty extensive selection process…”
Normally, a schools improvement means upgrades to the buildings but this new grant is different.
“The grant is a very comprehensive approach to investing in people we will hire 5 coaches,” explained Goehller. “We will have a data coach, we’ll have a reading coach, two writing coaches and a math coach. They will go into classrooms.”
Adding more teachers to the classroom with the idea of adding extra attention for students.
“We’ll be able to hire these coaches on a little different contract,” continued Goehller. “So they’ll be able to come in before school and stay after school so these students in the title one site will have more extended time. ”
This will be a federal grant that puts more teachers in the classroom.
“I am honored to award these grants today,” Ritz stated. “My department is committed to providing schools and communities with the resources they need to ensure that all Hoosier children receive an equitable and high quality education.”
Ritz also stated that the seven schools selected have demonstrated a great need for these funds and they also have excellent plans to improve student performance.