The Troy City School District is projected to receive $22.3 million in federal stimulus aid through September 2024 and is seeking public comment on its initial plans to allocate the funds.
“These are very exciting times for the Troy City School District as we will be able to fund additional programming and significant supports over the next several years,” said Superintendent John Carmello. “We ask that the community please review our initial proposal and provide feedback so that we may finalize our plan to best serve our students with this unprecedented opportunity.”
During the May 19 Board of Education meeting, district administration presented their initial plans for the funding which include the following priority areas: improving academic achievement; improving equity in opportunities and outcomes; enhancing the delivery of social-emotional supports; and developing the capacity of leaders, teachers and staff.
Action items include but are not limited to: hiring additional teachers, social workers and support staff; extending school day supports; and expanding opportunities in student career exploration, targeted mentoring, and staff professional development.
The district is also proposing to purchase additional safety, technology and music equipment. The plan will also include a new mathematics program and partnerships with colleges, universities and other community partners.
“I am proud of this plan and the highly collaborative process used to develop it,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Donna Watson. “Every component reflects a deep commitment to innovative teaching and learning. At the same time, it includes the support needed to remove barriers, so that all students can successfully achieve at high levels and graduate ready for college or a career of their choice.”
As part of the plan, the district will financially prepare for the expiration of this one-time funding so as not to create a drastic imbalance of revenues and expenditures, also known as a “fiscal cliff.”
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