Fiscal Year 2010 Grant Awards
The grantees for the FY 2010 Gulf Coast Recovery Grant initiative were announced September 20, 2010. These eight grants, totaling $12 million, range from $521,534 to $2,637,500. Below is the list of grant awards and abstracts.
S215C100003 – Orleans Parish School Board, LA
Lusher Charter School, in a consortium with Edna Karr High School and New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics, aims to improve student achievement by focusing on four main efforts: (1) targeted instruction aligned with state and national standards; (2) timely, research-based intervention for students with academic needs; (3) professional development of faculty linking instruction, assessment, and intervention; and (4) increased student connections to college and university opportunities. The project will serve 2,280 students.
S215C100010 - Vermilion Parish School System, LA
Vermilion Parish School Board plans to: 1) improve early reading instruction at LeBlanc Elementary School by hiring reading coaches and a reading interventionist; 2) improve the middle to high school transition at JH Williams Middle School by hiring a transition coach; and 3) improve the graduation rate and career/college readiness of students at Abbeville High School by hiring a graduation coach. The project will serve 1,851 students.
S215C100017 – Orleans Parish School Board, LA
The Orleans Parish School Board plans to prepare students with the necessary skills to emerge into the 21st Century as culturally diverse learners through the development of an after school program, Save Our Students (SOS), at Warren Easton Charter High School. The goals of the program are to: 1) increase the number of student participants who will score at/or above “Basic” on the Graduate Exit Exam (GEE) and/or End of the Course (EOC) tests and iLEAP; 2) decrease the number of student participants failing a course for the first time; and 3) improve homework completion and decrease disciplinary actions among participants. Students will engage in academic intervention programs in the four core subject areas that will supplement daily in-school instruction and academic enrichment and recreational programs that will be infused with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities. The project will serve 200 students.
S251C100021 - Moss Point School District, MS
Moss Point School District will use grant funds to focus on 3 main efforts: 1) developing resources and processes to aid in the rebuilding, renovation, and recovery of Escatawpa Elementary, West Elementary, and Moss Point High School; 2) renovating and repairing physical structures (including roof repair at Escatawpa Elementary and Moss Point High School, roof replacement at West Elementary, and foundation repair at Escatawpa Elementary); and 3) improving student literacy skills through site-based professional development. The project will serve 1,850 students and staff.
S215C100030 - St. Helena Parish School System, LA
St. Helena Parish School System plans to enhance the school climate and culture of St. Helena Central Elementary School and St. Helena Central High School by completing essential renovations to the school buildings, including renovating the bathrooms, floors, air and heating systems, kitchens, and roofs. Additionally, the project will offer an extended day program at St. Helena Central High School and an extended school year program at St. Helena Central Elementary school. The project will serve over 500 students
S215C100039 - Medard Nelson, LA
Medard Nelson, in a consortium with Pierre A. Capdau and Gentilly Terrace Charter School, will use grant funds to focus on 3 main efforts: 1) implementing a value-added teacher incentive pay program to provide teachers financial rewards for reaching classroom specific and school-wide quantitative performance goals; 2) moving Pierre A. Capdau to a new location and updating the facilities at Medard Nelson and Gentilly Terrace Charter School; and 3) instituting a healthy lifestyles program aimed at increasing physical activity and improving overall health. The project will serve 1,250 students and 120 staff members.
S215C100042 - The International School of Louisiana, LA
The International School of Louisiana, a charter school located in New Orleans, will expand its highly successful language immersion program to an additional location in the Greater New Orleans area. It will use grant funds to renovate an existing property and purchase appropriate materials and supplies to open a second campus. The new campus would initially serve 192 kindergarten and first grade students, adding a grade each year until it is a full kindergarten through 8th grade program serving 620 students.
S215C100047 – Galveston Independent School District, TX
The Galveston Independent School District will use grant funds to focus on four main efforts at Ball High School: 1) increasing overall student performance on TAKS by 5% each year for students in the Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program; 2) renovating the school library and implementing a research program to enhance student academic rigor and student achievement by 5% each year; 3) developing a parent resource center to increase parental involvement to encourage the interaction of parents, students, and teachers by 30%; and 4) replacing two schools buses to provide after school/summer transportation for extracurricular and academic support and enrichment activities to improve the climate of the school. The project will serve 1,700 students and staff.