Pinellas closes in on $500K AmeriCorp grant
Pinellas is a step closer to getting half a million dollars to put extra staff and tutoring services in its three lowest-performing elementary schools.
The district's application was selected by Volunteer Florida to move forward in the process for a three-year School Turnaround AmeriCorps 2013 grant. If selected, Pinellas will match a $501,467 grant with $611,781 of its own funds.
The grant would train and place about 75 student volunteers as tutors at Fairmount Park, Lakewood and Woodlawn elementary schools. Each school would also get six onsite substitute teachers to and a parent engagement coordinator.
The substitutes, one trained in literacy, would reduce the number of teacher vacancies in the schools, while the parent engagement coordinator would target communication with students' families.
Pinellas should know by July if they got the grant, which would begin in August and run through July 2016.