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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 23, 2014

District didn’t receive compensation grant

By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 06, 2014
Fourth-grade student Lance Sobaski, son of Don and Kara Sobaski; fourth-grade teacher Janet Conrad, and fourth-grade student Aidan Miller, son of Amy and Vern Miller work in class at Stewart Elementary.

The Washington Community School District (WCSD) was notified Monday they weren’t receiving a teacher leadership compensation (TLC) system grant from the Iowa Department of Education.
If the district had received the grant they would have added TLC leadership positions, but WCSD superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said the district wouldn’t be able to do that now.
“That’s a half a million dollars that we don’t have,” Jorgensen said. “What I find interesting is 10 percent of school districts in Iowa were selected but those schools represent one third of the students in the state, like Linn-Mar.”
According to the Iowa Department of Education’s Web site, 146 schools applied for the TLC system grant. Thirty-nine of the 146 school districts were selected for this year’s grant, the Web site said.  Some of the 39 school districts selected included: Linn-Mar, Mt. Pleasant, Muscatine, Bettendorf, Van Meter, and Davenport.
The goal of the Iowa Department of Education is to have all schools participating in the TLC system by the 2016-17 school year, the Web site said.
Next year the grant will be offered again to Iowa’s school districts. Jorgensen said WCSD would reapply for the grant next year.
“We will reapply again next year for the grant,” Jorgensen said. “There are some advantages we will have when it comes to the grant application process next year. We’ve already written it once and we have copies of the grants from other districts that were selected that we can look at and compare to our grant application.”
Jorgensen said he hopes to receive some feedback from the Iowa Department of Education about the grant WCSD wrote and why they weren’t selected. At the school board meeting next Wednesday a committee will be formed to review the TLC applications WCSD has from other districts and how they can make their TLC grant application better.

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