Meeting Date:   6/15/2010 - 7:30 PM
Category:   Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
Type:   Action
Subject:   10.2 (Item 18) Request authorization to submit the School Improvement Grant (SIG) to the California Department of Education
Strategic Plan
Policy:  
Enclosure School Improvement Grant (SIG) Assurances
File Attachment:  
SIG assurances.pdf
Summary Staff requests authorization to submit the School Improvement Grant (SIG) to the California Department of Education (CDE) for four eligible schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. These schools include Bel Air, Rio Vista and Shore Acres Elementary and Glenbrook Middle School. Based on the priorities for Race To The Top (RTTT) federal funding, SIG funds will focus on California’s “Tier I” and “Tier II” schools. In keeping with federal requirements, California has defined “persistently lowest-achieving schools” as those that are determined to have been among the lowest five percent of schools in Program Improvement (PI) in terms of their average three-year proficiency rate for English-language arts and mathematics in the three previous school years (2006–07, 2007–08, and 2008–09).

SIG, authorized under Section 1003(g) of Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), provides funding, through state educational agencies (SEAs), to local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive Title I funds and have at least one school identified in Tier I, II, or III. These funds are for identified and approved schools that demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment to use the funds.

The intent of SIG is to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students to enable the schools to make adequate yearly progress and exit improvement status. The state will also work to ensure that schools successfully implement one of the four intervention models by promoting district partnerships to share expertise and lessons learned in ways that can build upon and sustain success. MDUSD has chosen to implement the “transformation” model. The Transformation Model includes replacing the principal and increasing instructional time, as well as other required school improvement activities. Principals that have been at a school less than three years are exempt from this requirement. The four eligible schools will use the SIG to assist in implementing their 2010-11 School Improvement Plans.

Each school is eligible for up to $2,000,000 each year for three years. If awarded MDUSD would receive $8,000,000 annually or $24,000,000 over three years.
Funding Funding is provided by the California Department of Education.
Fiscal Impact Grant will generate $8,000,000 annually. There is no cost to the general fund.
Recommendation Approve authorization to submit the grant and acceptance if awarded.
Approvals:  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Stephanie Roberts - Director of Development
Signed By:
Rose Lock - Assistant Superintendent of Middle
Signed By:
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent
Vote Results:  

Original Motion
Member (Linda Mayo) Moved, Member (Richard Allen) seconded to approve the Original motion 'Approve authorization to submit the grant and acceptance if awarded.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 4 Nay: 0.
The motion CARRIED 4 - 0
   
Gary Eberhart     Yes
Linda Mayo     Yes
Richard Allen     Yes
Sherry Whitmarsh     Yes