The grants are part of the Goals 2000 Educate America Act, a federal program developed to focus on basic skills, preservice education, fine arts, science, technology and parental and family involvement. The goal of Education First is to provide funding to address the National Education Goals in addition to state and local instructional goals and objectives.
"We are proud to announce these Education First/Goals 2000 grant awards, which will provide funding for projects focusing on school improvement," said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. "Programs initiated with this year?s grant monies will make a difference by providing quality professional development experiences and will allow counties and schools to initiate summer and after-school programs."
According to Karen Davies, Education First coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, two categories of grants -- Professional Development and Masters of Time -- were available for the 2000-2001 school year.
Davies said that a total of 19 Professional Development grants were awarded to the following counties and RESAs: Barbour, Boone, Braxton/Gilmer (consortium project), Kanawha, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Taylor, Wetzel, and RESA III, IV, V, VI and VII.
In addition, 27 Masters of Time grants were awarded to focus on utilizing time more effectively, Davies said.
"These grants will be used to sponsor after-school or summer programs or rescheduling staff during regular school hours to improve student achievement," she noted.
Davies said that counties and RESAs receiving Masters of Time grants include: Barbour, Boone, Clay, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Kanawha, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Raleigh, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel and RESA III.
For a more detail list of awardees please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed1st/ed1stawards.html