Cumberland County School District to Receive Nearly $1 Million in Grant Funds
Cumberland County School District is set to receive $890,000 after obtaining notification from the Kentucky Department of Education that its grant proposals for Read to Achieve (RTA), Math Achievement Fund (MAF), and 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs have been awarded as part of a state-wide competitive grant process.
“We are blessed beyond measure to have received three different grant awards, each centered on providing supplemental academic support to our students. We are continually focused on improvement as well as providing the best possible education for our kids, and these grant funds will help us maintain that concentration,” stated superintendent of schools Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff, who also served as the grant writer for each of the three proposals.
Receipt of the RTA and MAF grant awards will allow Cumberland County Elementary to fund a reading intervention teacher and a math intervention teacher to help provide one-on-one and small group instruction to its students. Additionally, both grants also include intensive professional development opportunities for school-wide reading and math teachers. The RTA and MAF grants are worth a combined $400,000 over the next four years.
Elementary principal Lisa Perdue said, “We are so excited about being awarded the RTA and MAF grants. These grants allow our students to receive differentiated instruction by an interventionist who has been highly trained in research-based strategies. It better allows us to give the absolute best reading and math instruction as well as extensive professional training for all reading and math teachers. It is a win-win for everyone!”
The 21st CCLC grant award totals $490,000 throughout the next five years and will re-establish the after-school program at Cumberland County High School in partnership with the UK Cooperative Extension Office. The 21st CCLC program will offer high school students homework help, academic tutoring by certified teachers, and a broad range of high-interest enrichment programs aimed at preparing students for post-secondary readiness.
High school principal Angela Morrison added, “CCHS is extremely fortunate to have received the 21st CCLC grant. We look forward to providing our students with opportunities to extend their school days with academic assistance and enrichment activities. This opportunity will be beneficial to our school and community as well with students having gained greater knowledge and appreciation in areas of their interests.”
Grant activities for the RTA, MAF, and 21st CCLC programs will commence at the start of the 2017-18 school year.