Dare Board of Education approves request for federal funds and revised school calendar – Reuters

The Dare School Board approved a consolidated request for federal funds for the next school year, approved a revised school calendar and accepted two grants.

The consolidated claim includes federal grants for Titles I, II, III, and IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The board agenda provides a summary of how grant funds are used.

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Title I provides grant funds “for educational activities and services aimed at helping disadvantaged children achieve high academic standards.” The funds go to schools with more than 40% of students using the free and reduced meals program.

Title II grant funds support “effective teaching and improving the quality of teachers.”

Title III addresses the needs of English language learners and Title IV provides funds for “student support and academic enrichment, including mental health resources”.

The planning allocation for the four programs is $986,748, an increase of $48,430 from last year.

Four of Dare County’s elementary school programs are eligible for Title I funding:

Cape Hatteras Elementary with a projection of 300 students for next year has 64% of its students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I financing of $152,932.02.

First Flight Elementary with 288 students planned for next year has 44% of its students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I funding of $105,243.54.

Manteo Elementary with a projection of 615 students for next year has 50% of its students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I financing of $249,131.20.

Nags Head Elementary with 498 students planned for next year has 42% of its students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Title I financing of $163,620.82.

For all schools, Title II funding for mentor compensation, professional development, and an additional position is $149,309; for Title III for English Learners, funding is $49,761 and Title IV funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment is $49,529.

A revised school calendar has been adopted. Some school facilities are used as polling places. The school calendar provides for a compulsory work day on November 7 and an optional work day on November 8, election day.

The first day of school is August 29. The last day of school is June 9 with early leave.

Early layoff days are September 2, October 7, October 12, March 31, April 7 and May 26.

Winter holidays are from December 19 to January 2; spring break is from April 10 to April 14.

Acting Superintendent Sandy Kinzel told the board that 40 hours of flexibility are built into the schedule.

The school board accepted two grants.

The Lost Colony donated 26 lighting instruments and two chase spots to the Manteo High School Theater Department. The value is estimated at $26,800.

At Cape Hatteras High School, Hurricane Dorian decimated the school’s hatchery. School staff repaired tanks and replaced pumps, but the program never reached its potential.

Two men from the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association approached the school with a grant opportunity. A member of Beach Buggy has left funds for the association to support education. Because the member loved fishing and education, the association provided $7,000 for the hatchery program.

And the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund added a $5,000 donation for the hatchery.

Representatives from the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and the Youth Education Fund attended the school board meeting on June 14, 2022.

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