Question: Considering questions 1 and 2 [of the discussion questions from the December Roundtable—see discussion questions by clicking here], is the district moving forward in establishing a key admin person for developing and following through with grant writing and proposals?
Answer: It is the superintendent’s responsibility to work with the Board of Education and district leadership to develop any proposal that might be appropriate to submit to Governor Cuomo’s potential competitive grant program for New York schools.
There is not currently any information that we’re aware of regarding the specifics of this proposal. When guidelines and parameters are made public, they will give the superintendent a clear direction on how to proceed.
If, in fact, Governor Cuomo does put a competitive grant program for schools into effect, I’d consider developing an ad hoc committee that would be made up of community members, Board of Education members, district leadership and staff who would together work through the process.
In addition, we are currently working with the Capital Region BOCES Grants & Development Service to help our schools get more funding through grants. We have met with members of the service to identify grants that might help us expand our program offerings, instructional technology base and invest in energy-saving projects. The service will be presenting grants workshops at faculty meetings later this winter to help staff learn how to identify and apply for grant opportunities.
-answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent