Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 11/8/2011 - 7:00 PM
Category: Consent Items Pulled for Discussion
Type: Action
Subject: 10.2 (Item #12) Request authorization to submit the School Improvement Grant (SIG)Cohort 2 to the California Department of Education for Meadow Homes Elementary and Oak Grove Middle Schools
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
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Summary: Staff requests authorization to submit the School Improvement Grant (SIG) to the California Department of Education (CDE) for the two remaining eligible schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. These schools include Meadow Homes Elementary and Oak Grove Middle School. MDUSD was awarded the School Improvement Grant in July 2010 for the four other eligible schools; Bel Air, Rio Vista and Shore Acres Elementary and Glenbrook Middle Schools. 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. The two eligible schools will use the SIG to assist in implementing their School Improvement Plans.

Each school is eligible for up to $2,000,000 each year for three years. If awarded MDUSD would receive $12,000,000 over three years.
Funding: Funding is provided by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds issued through the California Department of Education.
Fiscal Impact The grant is for up to $12,000,000 over three years. There is no unrestricted general fund contribution requirement. Program codes 3081 and 3082.
Recommendation: Approve authorization to submit grant and acceptance if awarded.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Stephanie Roberts - Director of Development
Signed By:
Lisa Boje - School Support Administrator
Signed By:
Susan Petersen - Director of Elementary Support
Signed By:
Bryan Richards - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Rose Lock - Assistant Superintendent of Middle
Signed By:
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Linda Mayo Moved, Member Lynne Dennler seconded to approve the Original motion 'Approve authorization to submit grant and acceptance if awarded.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 5 - 0
Gary Eberhart     Yes
Linda Mayo     Yes
Sherry Whitmarsh     Yes
Lynne Dennler     Yes
Cheryl Hansen     Yes