The Grants Department coordinates the allocation and spending of grant funds from the US Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Education as well as the district-wide grants from other sources. The district is always looking for grant programs that fit the overall district mission and plan.
Entitlement (Title) Grants
These grants are basically renewed each year, although the funding changes with the demographics of our students. These grants are allocated to states from the Federal level as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Four Federal Title programs have ended in the last ten years, and the rest have seen reductions in funding. More information about these programs in Colorado can be found at the Colorado Department of Education website: http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms. The four Title programs are:
Title IA: Funding for underprivileged youth
Butler and Twombly Elementary Schools qualify for Title I funds. Our Title I programs are “Schoolwide” so all elementary students are eligible for Title I funds. These funds are used for coaching teachers in best educational practices and ESL and Reading Interventionists who work directly with students in small-group settings. The district is required to set aside a significant amount of these funds for statutory requirements, such as for specific professional development or providing tutoring opportunities for outside providers when schools are rated below an “Improvement Status”.
Title IC: Migrant Programs
These funds are administered to our district through Centennial BOCES, a consortium that works with schools throughout north-central Colorado. Funds are used to support programs for migrant students and their families outside of the school day. The majority of Title IC pays for a district level Migrant Family Liaison.
Title IIA: Supporting Highly Qualified Teachers
Funds are used to provide purchased service coaching across the district. These coaches work with teachers, developing a specific contract with goals relating to the individual teacher’s needs and plan for professional development..
Title III: Supporting English Language Acquisition
These funds support part of an ESL Interventionist position at both Butler and Twombly. Interventionists work with small groups of students who speak English as their second language. These interventionist positions are part of our overall ESL program.
These grants are awarded after an application process and are for a limited time. The district is always looking for grant programs that fit the overall district mission and plan and at any given time there are several competitive grant programs that are supplementing the district’s overall goals as a “Community United for Student Success…College Ready!”
Some examples of present and past competitive grants in the Weld Re-8 district are:
Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) – A program which supplemented teacher coaching in the district and provided incentives for student achievement
Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) - A grant program that provided an Attendance Advocate position that the district sustained after the grant ended
Advanced Placement Incentive - provided training and resources for the Advanced Placement courses at Fort Lupton High School
Colorado Graduation Pathways (CGP) - Supplements tutoring at the middle and high school levels and provides services for engaging students at risk for being expelled
Farm to School - A program that helps make connections with local farmers to provide fresh ingredients for school lunches and helped to supplement large kitchen appliance purchases at Twombly Elementary