Catoosa County Schools officials are making plans for state funds expected to be allocated through the annual Perkins IV Program Improvement plan. The money can only be used to fund specified items under the Local Plan for Improving Career, Technical and Agriculture Education.
"The Local Plan is something we apply for annually for the coming school year," said Catoosa Schools CTAE System Coordinator Trish Schimpf. "It gives every system a chance to apply for funding to improve CTAE instruction, or career, technical and agriculture education. The plan is our chance to tell the state how we plan to spend it and what our focus will be."
The Catoosa County Board of Education plans to vote on adopting the Local Plan, which earmarks the allocations expected, Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. after public participation at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting that begins at 6 p.m.
The system's Perkins IV funding requests include:
n Perkins Improvement - most often used for instructional and computer equipment and supplies, software updates and travel for teacher professional development as well as student instruction, leadership conferences and competitions: $63,986.
n Professional Development - the system's portion of a professional development consortium in Georgia that develops teacher training sessions, materials and instructional aides and supports professional development for teachers statewide: $7,127.
n Transition Career Partnership - which funds support activities for students moving from middle school to high school, high school to college and high school to the workforce, including College and Career Day, dual enrollment and activities focused on specific careers as well as the exploration of high-skill, high-demand and high-wage occupations: $6,400.
n Salary grants - used for teachers who work beyond the school day or school week with students in CTAE student organizations such as FFA, FBLA and SkillsUSA as well as in regards to Work-Based Learning opportunities: $271,939.
Schimpf also hopes to get a Heritage Middle School Agricultural Education Construction Bond Grant for $36,000 to help convert a classroom at the school into an agriculture education lab. The school started an agriculture program this past year that is in the pilot stage.
"We are also applying for a Perkins Plus Reserve Grant for $20,000 [to help cover the administration costs] for required End of Pathway Assessments," said Schimpf.
Goals for CTAE improvements over the coming year include improving academic and technical skills attainment and improving the graduation rate as well as students' ensuing placement in nontraditional careers.
"We will continue to maintain a system Advisory Council that includes members from business and industry, special populations, parents and teachers. The Advisory Council will meet annually to plan with educators concerning student programs and offer suggestions," said Schimpf. "Our goal is to prepare students to graduate from high school with a diploma, plan for and support preparation for occupations emerging in our local region and provide career guidance and academic counseling to students through Georgia Best. We use self-studies to promote improvement."