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Oakcrest Elementary to receive up to $300,000 in federal grants designated for ‘low-performing’ schools

Oakcrest Elementary School will soon receive over $230,000 in federal funding as part of a grant program that targets low-performing schools.

The Florida Department of Education awarded $44 million in federal Unified School Improvement Grant (UniSIG) funds to support 149 struggling schools across 29 different districts in the state. According to state records, the funds provided will be used to support school improvement initiatives.

Oakcrest Elementary School, which is located at 1112 NE 28th Street, was named one of the recipients.

All of the potential funds focus on improving scores and systems associated with the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards established by the Florida Department of Education.

Teachers who teach at these low-performing schools and who have earned highly effective or effective ratings are eligible to receive up to $15,000.

In addition, principals may qualify for up to $45,000 for recruitment/retention and performance, and one assistant principal from the school may also qualify for up to $10,000.

Each school will receive up to $100,000 to fund an Early Literacy Coach, up to $100,000 to fund a school-based Strategic Initiatives Coach, and up to $30,000 to fund supplemental teacher professional development and instructional materials.

In total, Oakcrest Elementary School will be eligible to receive up to $300,000 in funds.

School Improvement Grants (SIGs) are grants to state education agencies that are used to make competitive sub grants to local educational agencies that demonstrate the greatest need for funds.

Those funds are then used by local educational agencies, like Marion County Public Schools, to “substantially raise the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools,” according to the United States Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.