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Funding running out for instructional coaches in Hawkins schools

April 15th, 2014 10:14 pm by Jeff Bobo

Funding running out for instructional coaches in Hawkins schools

ROGERSVILLE — With Hawkins County's "Race to the Top" federal grant funding set to expire this year, school officials will be looking for extra funding somewhere to keep four of the five instructional coaches the grant helped pay for.

The Race to the Top grant has brought $1.88 million into Hawkins County over the past four fiscal years beginning in 2010-11.

It helped pay for several one-time expenditures, including student computers at Cherokee and Volunteer high schools, Global Scholar Common Core formative assessment, stipends for teachers attending Common Core state standard training, 

DreamBox Math computer program for elementary students and scientific calculators.

The only recurring expenses that the grant's funds were used for were four of the five current instructional coaches. The fifth position is paid from the general fund.

Beth Holt, Hawkins County Schools elementary supervisor, told the Board of Education last week that the instructional coaches have played a key role in academic advances Hawkins County students have made over the past four years.

Holt said the program is worth continuing, even if the BOE has to pull additional funds for the positions from the general fund.

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