Training, Research, and Planning
The majority of the grant allowed district faculty, administrators, board, and governance council members access to expertise on starting a quality charter school. CESA 12 played a role in guiding the planning team through the planning process and grant requirements. Educational consultants worked with teaching staff to develop a multiage, project based, curriculum map to carry them through the school year. Funding for substitute teachers, extra duty pay, and summer stipends allowed the teaching staff to work additional hours throughout the spring and summer months to ensure the work got done. Conferences and school visits were key to identify what works in project based charter schools and how we can design a school to fit our needs in Ashland.
The planning grant allows for purchase of equipment and supplies to implement the educational model of the charter without burdening the district budget. Technology, instructional materials and furniture were purchased to outfit the 5 classrooms that house AECS. District administrative costs and outreach to community and families are also covered by the grant funds.
Planning and Implementation
The planning grant is intended to carry through the first stage of school design. DPI offers two additional years of implementation grants to help districts support continued improvement of their charter schools to ensure their success. We are pleased to announce that in August 2013, DPI awarded the School District of Ashland a $200,000 implementation grant for AECS and $250,000 planning grant for developing a project based multiage middle school.