Grants and Federal Programs
The Weld Re-8 Schools Grants office is a small team responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing the district’s grants. This includes federal, state and local government grants as well as funding from private-sector foundations and corporations. Grant funding is only a small portion of the district’s total budget for PK-12 education; the majority is provided through state taxes, local mill levies and bond initiatives.
Grants in Weld Re-8 provide supplemental support for all areas of education including academics, intervention, student support services, enrichment activities, and teacher professional development. Grants also support operations such as nutrition services, school safety, and transportation and can be leveraged for capital improvements.
- Manage and oversee all federal funding authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) commonly referred to as Title Programs.
- Provide end-to-end support for competitive and non-competitive federal, state, and private funding.
- Coordinate and collaborate with District departments to support the requirements of all grants.
- Monitor grant performance to ensure compliance with federal and state law.
- For more information about Weld Re-8 Schools Grants, please email [email protected]
Weld Re-8 Schools receives certain annual federal grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Title I - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
Title I is a federal program that supports schools that enroll a high percentage of low-income students. In Weld Re-8 Title I funds are primarily used for intervention services and supporting quality instruction to help struggling or at-risk students to meet the academic standards.
Title I funds are also used to provide services to homeless students. The McKinney-Vento Act requires all districts to identify students who are experiencing housing instability and provide them with supports that allow them to stay in school and succeed academically.
Title II programs work to help districts improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers and principals and increase the number of educators who have the skills to provide the best education to our students possible. Title II funds are used to provide district instructional coaching for teachers.
Parents of children attending a Title I school have a Right to Know the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals who teach your children.
Title III is a supplemental program aimed to improve and support the education of students who are learning English to become proficient in English and be successful academically. Our district uses these funds to increase staffing support in our English Language Development program.
Title IC: Migrant Programs. These funds are allocated 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.
Public Accountability under ESSA and Colorado State Law
All school districts receiving ESSA funds, and all public schools and school districts in Colorado, are evaluated annually by the state education agency for their performance, using student participation in mandatory state assessments, academic achievement, academic growth, and postsecondary outcomes as measures. The evaluation includes performance of multiple student groups. Districts are also monitored on teacher quality, using licensing, credentials, experience, and teacher evaluations as measures. Altogether, the 'accountability system' demonstrates how the district and each school are performing in serving their students, and this also forms the basis for a district's accreditation. The results of these evaluations must be made available to all parents and the public.
Weld Re-8 posts State accountability reports here on our website. You can find more information on the Colorado Department of Education Performance Frameworks website. For Federal accountability, districts are required to post an annual report card for the district and for each school meeting several requirements. The Colorado Department of Education has posted the school and district report cards on their website. Please check out their interactive website here. Using these resources, anyone can search by district and school to learn current ratings and results, as well as those for prior years. Viewers can also access district and school annual Unified Improvement Plans.
Past and Present Grant Partners