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Pinellas seeking $500,000 AmeriCorps grant



The Pinellas County School District is seeking a half-million dollar AmeriCorps grant to bolster academic programs in three of its lowest-performing schools.

If the district succeeds in getting the three-year grant, AmeriCorps volunteers would be trained to work in Fairmount, Lakewood and Woodlawn elementary schools. Staff would include six onsite substitute teachers and a “parent engagement coordinator” at each school. A liaison to the University of South Florida St. Pete also would recruit, train and monitor about 75 student volunteers to work in the schools.

Student volunteers would provide tutoring services, while onsite substitutes would be used to reduce the number of unfilled teacher vacancies, according to the district. The liaison would work to improve communication with parents. And one of the onsite substitutes at each school would be trained in a literacy program. 

The district would provide matching funds of about $611,000.

The grant application is due April 1. Pinellas will learn in July if they will receive the money from the School Turnaround AmeriCorps initiative. If the district gets the grant, the program will start in August and conclude in July 2016.



[Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 1:55pm]


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