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District grants address chronic absenteeism, teacher training, career and tech education, and family engagement.

HOLLY M. GILL - School District 509-J has applied for and received numerous grants this year, with other grants pending.School District 509-J has been awarded numerous grants, which address many areas including chronic absenteeism, teacher training, career and technical education, and family engagement in schools.

Superintendent Ken Parshall outlined the grants, noting they have been awarded to the district, but 509-J will have to submit budgets and have them approved before the board can accept the grant funds.

The pending grants include:

. A 21st Century Grant of $500,000, which will fund after school literacy and math enrichment programs at the middle school, Madras and Bridges high schools, and Warm Springs K-8 Academy. "This is a tremendous grant and opportunity for students," Parshall said.

. A Chronic Absenteeism Grant of $100,000, to help students attend more regularly.

. A CTE Grant of $96,117, to fund summer science, technology, engineering and math camps, and a middle school transition to high school summer program.

. A Collaboration Grant of $439,400, for teacher professional training. "Only three districts in Oregon got this grant," Parshall said. It includes training in Professional Learning Communities, where teachers work collaboratively with other teachers.

. A High School Success Grant of $420,000, provided under Measure 98. It will fund three CTE positions to connect kids to school, the MHS Futures Center, and one counselor.

. An Indian Demonstration Grant of $251,864. "We were the only Oregon high school to receive this grant," Parshall pointed out. It will fund additional learning time at Warm Springs K-8, family engagement activities, the Culture and Heritage morning program, Summer Bridge program, and more.

. A Mentoring Grant of $75,000 to provide mentors for new teachers.

. A Meyer Memorial Grant of $181,676, to fund literacy and Native language programs at Warm Springs K-8.

. Miller AVID Grants of $71,040, which allowed 50 teachers to attend an Advancement Via Individual Determination summer Institute training.

. A TAPP (tribal attendance) grant of $67,000, to fund an attendance coordinator to address barriers to student attendance.

. A Transformational Grant of $180,000 for English Language Learners programs.

. Warm Springs School Improvement Grant of $97,000, to fund three reading assistants.

. Warm Springs Housing Grant of $240,000 to remodel teacher housing units in Warm Springs, and provide two additional manufactured homes.

Over the summer, Parshall said 50 district teachers and administrators voluntarily attended a conference on AVID and another 50 attended training on Professional Learning Communities, which are district priorities this year. "They are committed to learning and I'm proud of our staff's dedication," he said.

"Our teachers have never started the year with common lesson plans for the year," Parshall said, adding that this year they are aligned at grade level throughout the district.

Under personnel, a three-year superintendent's contract was approved for Ken Parshall, and Candi Hedrick was hired as an assistant principal for Warm Springs K-8.

New teachers hired included: Madras Elementary, Laura Jacobma-Opdahl, Alysa Brauer Williams, Kayla Ashby and Kendra Hobbs; Warm Springs K-8, Angela Cheeney; and Jefferson County Middle School, Dan Bezdek.

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