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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Continuing Supplementary Support to Specific Level 4 School Districts: Redesign and Improvement Strategies in Brockton, Lowell, and Lynn Public Schools
Fund Code: 220-R

Purpose: The purpose of this state grant program is to provide targeted assistance through the support of redesign and improvement strategies selected by districts, based on data, experience, and need, for specific high-needs schools.
Priorities: Specified districts with schools working to redesign or improve from Level 3 or 4 status, identified under the state's Framework for Accountability and Assistance, will receive first priority for grants.
Eligibility: The following school districts are eligible for this funding: Brockton, Lowell, and Lynn Public Schools.
Funding: Funding for the grant will come from state school improvement funds. Each district listed above will be awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 to be used for school improvement work. The total allocation is $105,000.
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with applicable state requirements. All expenditures must go toward continuing turnaround planning and implementation, improving systems, and furthering improvement strategies at the school level. Districts are allowed to budget funds at both the district level and school level.

Unallowable expenditures:
  1. Contract buyouts;
  2. Capital expenses; and
  3. Purchase of computer hardware, unless a compelling case can be made for how requested materials are necessary for improvement/turnaround.
All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.
Project Duration: Upon Approval to 6/30/2013
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround, Center for Targeted Assistance
Contact: Programmatic: Eve Laubner elaubner@doe.mass.edu
Budget Workbook: Russ Fleming rfleming@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: Programmatic: Eve Laubner (781) 338-3113
Budget Workbook: Russ Fleming (781) 338-6259
Date Due: Rolling, but no later than January 18, 2013.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:  Download MS EXCEL file  Parts I and II: Budget Workbook (Includes the Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants and Budget Detail Pages.)

One-page description of proposed use of funds, number of students/teachers impacted by funds, ways the district will measure impact, and rationale behind the proposal.

Required: One- to two-paragraph assurance noting that what is proposed for funding through this grant will be sustained by the district in 2013-14 and beyond, and how this sustainability is to be achieved. Assurance requires sign-off of Superintendent or leadership team designee.
Submission Instructions: Mail one copy of the Signature Page with the original signature of the Superintendent or Executive Director to:

Russ Fleming
School Improvement Grants Programs
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Email the Budget Workbook (Parts I and II) to: schoolimprovementgrants@doe.mass.edu.


Last Updated: January 7, 2013
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