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R-6 board briefed on 2011-2012 grants

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SIKESTON -- Sikeston R-6 Board of Education members were briefed on the status of the district's 2011-2012 grants Tuesday during the regular monthly meeting.

Andy Comstock, assistant superintendent of professional development and secondary grades, provided the update for federal and state grants.

The district was awarded the following federal grants for the 2011-2012 school year: Title II-A in the amount of $305,577 for support staff development in the core teaching areas; Title VI-Part B Rural Education Initiative, $74,995 to provide a continuing source of innovations and education improvement for all students, including at-risk youth and alternative school activities; and Perkins, $195,460 for allocations to improve career and technology education.

Also received was the state-funded matching vocational enhancement grant for $84,954 with the district providing $36,431 and state providing $48,523.

Cindy Griffin, assistant superintendent of special education and elementary grades, also briefed the board on the district's Title I and Title III programs, which each totaled $1.45 million in federal funds.

In 2010-2011, 13 students were participating in Title III, or English Language Learners, program (compared to 15 in 2009-2010 and six in 2008-2009). This school year there are 13 enrolled, Griffin said.

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