School Board Seeks Grants for Teachers and Supplies

Belleville Board of Education plans to use federal "Race to the Top" $69,000 grant to improve teaching, and nearly $50,000 to help technical career education program.

The Belleville Board of Education Monday night approved the application of two grants totaling nearly $120,000 to instruct teachers on curriculum and help Belleville High School's vocational and technical career teaching program.

The district has already applied for and received approval for $69,000 from the federal "Race to the Top" program, according to Susan Grillo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

"We will be utilizing the money beginning in September for teachers to be updated on the mandated core curriculum standards set out in the program," Grillo said.

Race to the Top grants are given to states that “lead the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform,” according to the federal Department of Education website.

The district is also seeking a $49,726 Carl D. Perkins grant for Career and Technical Education for students at Belleville High School.

The grant, if awarded to the school, will pay for supplies for the district's vocational programs, including cosmetology and automotive repair..

The school board approved the application of the Perkins grant Monday night, and Grillo said she expects the district to be approved for a grant because it has been successful in years past.

"We are sending it for review and look forward to final approval," Grillo said.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides individuals with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy and supports career and technical education that prepares its students both for postsecondary education and the careers of their choice, according to the Association of Vocational and Technical Education website.



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