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  1. A N N U A L __ R E P O R T Research and Grant Development 2008 - 2009

  2. From the District Grant Writer/Research Analyst Grant Development Office I am please to present the 2008 – 2009 annual report of the Grant Development Office under the Department of Federal Programs. The Laredo Independent School District has had a historic year within its grants program. This continued success has a direct impact on the educational programs and services. This report has three parts: 1) a summary of grants with a description of activities that took place during the year, including several success stories, 2) a breakdown of grant awards by department and/or program, and 3) an appendix containing a detailed list of all individual awards. During the 2008 – 2009 school year the Grant Development Office submitted 61 applications and processed 20 awards totaling $23,694,756.00. This represents an increase of 69% in the number of applications submitted and a 15% increase in the number of grants awarded. Currently there are 13 grant application that have been submitted pending approval for a total of $11,436,344.00. During the Fiscal year of 2008 – 2009, 19 campuses received funding for summer enrichment, student clubs, school furniture, library media services, physical education, science lab construction, accelerated instruction in reading and math, pre-kindergarten programs, intensive reading and math initiatives, school improvement, professional development and parental/community involvement programs/projects. There is an anticipated interest in increased activity this coming school year for additional proposal submissions through various funding sources. This first annual report is designed to inform all stakeholders in the types of grant application submissions for external funding sources to supplement our current programs and services. Currently, there are 19 grants being funded for a total of $21,819,756.00. Overall, in 2008 – 2009 funding has totaled $24,752,947.00. The administration and compliance of awarded grants to Laredo Independent School District continues to exceed expectations in an increasingly restrictive budget and competitive environment. This continued increase in the number of grant proposals submitted and funded is very encouraging and is a testament to the underlying excellence of administration and staff in our ability to compete successfully. We expect to have continued increases in funding source opportunities and grants awarded for 2009 – 2010. I am proud of the efforts of everyone and look forward to another prosperous and productive year for grant development. Sincerely, Scott Roberts Scott Roberts, MBA/IT and MS/IS Grant Writer/Research Analyst

  3. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office The Grant Development Office is pleased to present this Executive Summary of the Laredo Independent School District Sponsored Awards Activity for School Year 2008 – 2009, a period over which the Grant Development Office received over $24,752,947.00 million dollars in funding from multiple funding sources in support of instruction, construction, student services, library services, academic support, professional development, student support, and special projects. Please note that this report only provides a summary of the School Year 2008 – 2009 proposals and grant awards handled by the office of Grant Development and not any other funding received by the District. Scott Roberts, MBA/IT and MS/IS Grant Writer/Research Analyst School Year 2008 – 2009 Grant Development Office Summary Data Proposals Submitted................................................................................61 Dollars Requested…………………………………...……....$61,725,570.00 New Awards…………………………………………………..……………..10 Award Amounts Received…………………………………….$8,494,218.00 Continuation Awards………………………………………………………….9 Award Amounts Received………………………...………...$13,325,538.00 Number of Applications Awarded………………………………………..…20 Number of Applications Submitted Pending NOGA……………………...13 Number of Applications Pending Submission………………………...……5

  4. School Year 2008 – 2009 Award Activity and Submission by Department or Campus GRANT ACTIVITIES Grant activities continue to play a vital role in the on-going effort to create an environment of educational support services through innovative ideas conducted by administration and staff at Laredo Independent School District. For School year 2008 – 2009 there were a total of 20 new projects and/or current projects awarded, totaling $23,694,756.00. The amount of continuation funding received for this fiscal year was $13,325,538.00, which included summer enrichment, student clubs, school furniture, library media services, physical education, science lab construction, accelerated instruction in reading and math, pre-kindergarten programs, intensive reading and math initiatives, special education, school improvement, professional development, teacher incentives, and parental/community involvement projects. PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS For School Year 2008 – 2009 there were a total of 61 grant applications submitted representing a 69% increase from the previous fiscal year with a total of $21,819,756.00 awarded.

  5. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office AWARDS BY SOURCE AND PURPOSE For school year 2008 – 2009, there was a notable 85% increase in funding received for project and program related activities from the previous fiscal year. This represents 15% of the total funding received. The majority of the funding support received has been provided by Federal and State funding sources accounting for 88% of the total award dollars. The major portion of school year 2008 – 2009 Federal and State funding came from Federal and State agencies: Texas Education Agency As in the past, the majority of awards have supported academic program activities, which represents 66% of the total funds received.

  6. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office New Awards Continuation Awards

  7. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SUCCESS STORIES…… Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School Library When I began working as a librarian at Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School on May 6, 2008 I felt that specific changes in the library would positively impact the educational climate of the school. I began immediately to apply for the Lamar Bruni Vergara grant hoping to receive enough money to cover the cost of the renovation. With the help and guidance of Mely Paez, Director of Library and Media Services and Scott Roberts, Grant Writer for LISD I completed the grant in June. We received word the following fall that Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School Library had been awarded $175,000.00 dollars from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust. The library began its renovation project immediately. The renovation consisted of replacing the floor and the purchase of new library furniture (shelves, tables, chairs and a circulation desk). By the end of January 2009 the transformation was complete. Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School Library now offers its students an environment that readily supports academic success. Submitted by: Marilyn Moncivais Librarian Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School Favorite quote: Be the change you want to see in theworld. Mahatma Gandhi

  8. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SUCCESS STORIES…… Library and Media Services After communicating with Mr. Scott Roberts and Mrs. Marylyn Moncivais, I immediately started looking into this foundation request seeking additional funding for Gallego Elementary, Leyendecker Elementary, D.D. Hachar, and J.C. Martin Elementary by submitting an application for the Lamar Bruni Vergara grant in hopes of receiving consideration for additional funds to support our newest campuses. I worked with Mr. Scott Roberts, Grant Writer for LISD and completed the application in August. We received confirmation of the award in September 2008 that the request had been granted and the district received an additional $475,459.00 dollars from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust. These libraries immediately began their acquisitions of new furniture. By the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 school year these libraries will be ready to offer the students an environment that readily supports academic success. Submitted by: Mely Paez Director for Library and Media Services Favorite quote: To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Marilyn vos Savant

  9. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SUCCESS STORIES CONTINUED…… Martin High School – Intensive Summer Program After finishing the regular school year, I must admit that I felt a bit “burned out”. I did not intend to teach summer; however, after a call from Ms. A. Villanueva and Ms. N. Garcia, I was persuaded to teach the Intensive Summer Program. Seeing all the hands-on activities for the math portion, I was a bit uneasy since I had not used so many during the regular school year; however, once I got started, I noticed quite quickly that the students enthusiastically participated in the activities, worked hard and learned the objectives with ease. This early success helped me get comfortable and I gained confidence to keep going. I feel refreshed and enthusiastic about the upcoming school year. I look forward to taking some of these activities to my regular classes in the fall. I am grateful to the Intensive Summer Program for giving me a new perspective on teaching math after 20 years in the classroom. Submitted by: Ramiro Garza ISP math teacher

  10. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SUCCESS STORIES CONTINUED…… Cigarroa Middle School Intensive Summer Program Insert Story Here The IntensiveSummer Program at Cigarroa Middle School “Dare(d) Students To Do Better.” In my mathematics class, I challenged my students to think outside the box. The students were given a project which incorporated several 7th grade Mathematics TEKS. The Students had to build the Star Ship Enterprise using popsicles sticks. Students were given a model of what was expected. Ships had to be proportional according to their examples. Protractors were used to find the correct angle measurements to build the interior structure of their ship. Geometric shapes such as two-dimensional figures were converted into three-dimensional objects. From these three-dimensional objects students had to find the volume, surface area, weight and the net area. The students were expected to be creative with this project. Their creativity went above and beyond anything I ever imagined. Mr. Cesar Calzadias Cigarroa Middle School, I.S.P. Teacher Daring Students to do Better

  11. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office $7.5 MILLION AWARDED TO SCIENCE LABS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FOR MARTIN, CIGARROA, AND NIXON HIGH SCHOOLS. Recently, The Grant Development Office along with Laredo Independent School District Construction Manager submitted applications through the school foundation grant program funds and were awarded $7,511,200.00 for the New Science Labs Classroom Construction. The grant funding formula considers the average daily attendance, enrollment, and rooms identified as science labs. The formula takes in to account the number of existing classrooms identified as science labs, the need for additional science labs, the maximum number of science labs eligible to satisfy the 4 year science requirements, the maximum number of labs eligible for each campus and the calculation of the grant amount requested. These funds will allow the Laredo Independent School District to infuse these funds into completion of its science lab construction projects. These funds could not have come at a better time when there has been a fund shortfall to complete these projects from the 2005 Bond Issuance that called for new science lab construction. These funds are only to provide additional science lab classrooms and cannot be used to replace existing science lab classrooms. Raymond & Tirza Martin High School received a total of $3,592,000.00 for their science lab construction project. This funding will allow Martin High School to add an additional 11 classrooms. Joseph W. Nixon High School received a total of $1,633,000.00 for their science lab construction project. This funding will allow Nixon High School to add an additional 5 classrooms. Dr. Leonides G. Cigarroa High School received a total of $2,286,200.00 for their science lab construction project. This funding will allow Cigarroa High School to add an additional 7 classrooms. The Grant Development Office and Construction Department will be seeking to submit an additional application for the Early College High School next year as they will become eligible with their first graduating class of Seniors in 2009 – 2010.

  12. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office $1.719 MILLION AWARDED FOR THE DISTRICT AWARD FOR TEACHER EXCELLENCE (D.A.T.E.) GRANT Recently, The Grant Development Office submitted an application through the Texas Education Agency District Awards for Teacher Excellence grant program (D.A.T.E.) and were awarded $1,719,288.00 for the District Award for Teacher Excellence. The D.A.T.E. grant provides performance based incentives to all campus personnel meeting the programs performance based criteria. 60% of the grant must apply directly to teachers and the other 40% for all other campus instructional and non-instructional support staff. In prior years the district has been awarded the Teacher Excellence Educator grant known as (T.E.E.G.). The T.E.E.G. grants were given to campuses that met the state performance growth index and were selected to apply directly from TEA. This award was then distributed through a campus based decision making committee. Different from the T.E.E.G. grant the D.A.T.E. grant is the first grant of its kind for the district and the district has been awarded funding of this type to provide additional incentives to teachers for reaching different levels of performance based measures at various grade levels. Teachers qualify for higher amounts of incentives based of their respective grade level performance measures as defined in the grant criteria as well as set amounts for maintaining TAKS averages above 80%. The contingency funds will be equally distributed among all teachers qualifying for either Part I or Part II. Meetings and Presentations were held district wide and with campus administrators in order to explain the process and procedures necessary to implement this grant successfully. Pending Legislative approval the district could receive additional funding for the 2009 – 2010 school year. At which time the District Level Committee will work on refining and improving on the performance measures for the upcoming school year.

  13. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009 NEW AND CONTINUATION AWARDS Raymond & Tirza Martin High SchoolAwarded: $150,000.00 Intensive Summer Program Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through implementation of an intensive academic summer program targeting in-coming 9th graders, who are identified as being at-risk of dropping out of school, to prepare them for successful transition from middle school, to high school, and to college. Dr. Joaquin G. Cigarroa Middle SchoolAwarded: $146,858.00 Intensive Summer Program Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implement an intensive academic summer program targeting in-coming 9th graders, who are identified as being at-risk of dropping out of school, to prepare them for a successful transition from middle school, to high school, and to college. Student ClubsAwarded: $36,000.00 Student Clubs Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through extra curricula activities targeting students in grades 9-12, who are identified as being at-risk of dropping out of school, to provide them with opportunities to be involved in academic or co-curricular activities outside of normal school hours of operation.

  14. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009 NEW AND CONTINUATION AWARDS Accelerated Reading/Math Instruction Awarded: $1,432,922.00 Elementary/Middle School Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: The primary goal of the grant is to provide a well developed plan that provides Accelerated Reading Instruction and Accelerated Math Instruction that is equitable to all students at each grade level served. Pre-K Expansion Grant Cycle 14Awarded: $2,762,718.00 Elementary Campuses Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhance their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an Expansion Program targeting students in Pre-Kindergarten. Texas Reading First Cycle 2 Year 5Awarded: $2,226,721.00 Elementary Campuses Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhance their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through the Reading First Initiative and increase reading proficiency and academic achievement among Laredo Independent School District’s struggling readers at the elementary level in order to meet and exceed national standards. Our focus is on increasing the students reading experiences and improving their attitudes towards reading. The Reading First Initiative fundamental goals and objectives will align the instructional activities with the existing programs and thus create a greater opportunity for student academic success. Heights Elementary SchoolAwarded: $91,381.00.00 New Instructional Facility Allotment Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with instructional facilities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of the New Instructional Facilities Allotment.

  15. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009 NEW AND CONTINUATION AWARDS Leyendecker Elementary SchoolAwarded: $133,879.00 New Instructional Facilities Allotment Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with instructional facilities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of the New Instructional Facilities Allotment. Don Jose Gallego Elementary SchoolAwarded: $156,247.00 New Instructional Facilities Allotment Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with instructional facilities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of the New Instructional Facilities Allotment. D.D. Hachar Elementary SchoolAwarded: $122,919.00 New Instructional Facilities Allotment Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with instructional facilities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of the New Instructional Facilities Allotment. Texas Fitness Now Awarded: $172,750.00 Middle School Physical Education Program Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with physical activities enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through a TEKS based physical education program whereby highly qualified physical education teachers can measure student success by teaching them the importance of healthy and nutritious life style changes that are life long, promoting social skills, team building, moderate to vigorous activities that are engaging the students in physical and healthy life style changes.

  16. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009 NEW AND CONTINUATION AWARDS Memorial, MacDonell, and Santo NiñoAwarded: $144,430.00 Investment Capital Fund Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: The primary goal of the Investment Capital Fund Cycle 18 grant is to provide a well developed plan that is equitable to all administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, community organizations at the campus level providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of an academic enrichment program and extension activities outside of the school day. Raymond &Tirza Martin High SchoolAwarded: $3,592,000.00 Science laboratory Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with facilities that enhance their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through programs that support student achievement creating an environment conducive to student excelling and to prepare them for a successful transition from high school to college. Joseph W. Nixon High SchoolAwarded: $1,633,000.00 Science laboratory Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with facilities that enhance their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through programs that support student achievement creating an environment conducive to student excelling and to prepare them for a successful transition from high school to college. Dr. Leonides G. Cigarroa High SchoolAwarded: $2,286,200.00 Science laboratory Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with facilities that enhance their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through programs that support student achievement creating an environment conducive to student excelling and to prepare them for a successful transition from high school to college.

  17. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009 NEW AND CONTINUATION AWARDS All CampusesAwarded: $1,719,288.00 D.A.T.E. District Award for Teacher Excellence Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: The primary goal of the district level planning committee is to provide a well developed plan that is equitable to all stakeholders at the campus level and to ensure that all funds are allocated and distributed based on a district level effectiveness index whereby the campus in essence will be compared to itself over a period of time and awards will be allocated for achieving certain decision tree based criterion. Special EducationAwarded: $4,602,319.00 DEAF Consolidated Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of special education programs for students who are identified as having special needs. Special EducationAwarded: $38,470.00 IDEA-B Grant Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: Providing students with activities that enhances their cognitive skills in learning by applying best practices through an implementation of special education programs for students who are identified as having special needs. Intensive Reading/Math Instruction Awarded: $370,350.00 Elementary/Middle School Granting Agency: Texas Education Agency Purpose: The primary goal of the grant is to provide a well developed plan that provides Intensive Reading Instruction and Intensive Math Instruction that is equitable to all students at each grade level served.

  18. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Our goal is to provide participants with an understanding and confidence in the grant writing process including, but not limited to: Program Clarity, Research, Relationship Building, Development and writing proposals, follow-up, correspondence, compliance, and reporting. UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS Grant Writing 101 Professional Development August 27, 2009 and August 28, 2009 Additional Professional Development trainings will be scheduled through the school year and summer of 2010

  19. About the Grant Development Office The Grant Development Office, a unit of Federal Programs, supports and provides services for administration and staff in securing funding resources from public, private, and foundation sources. An emphasis is placed on securing funds to achieve the Laredo Independent School Districts goals and objectives. The Grant Development Office supports the grant writing process of the administration and staff through all stages of proposal development – from the initial planning through project completion. Scott Roberts District Grant Writer/Research AnalystGrant Development Office 1618 Houston St. Laredo, Texas 78040 Phone: (956) 795-3394 Fax: (956) 795-3389 sroberts@laredoisd.org

  20. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office LAREDO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Welcome Dr. A. Marcus Nelson – The Grant Development Office looks forward to working with you on many funding opportunities in the 2009 – 2010 school year. A fond farewell to Dr. Ronald K. McLeod – The Grant Development Office enjoyed working with you on the many funding opportunities in the 2008 – 2009 school year.

  21. Laredo Independent School District Award Activity FY 2008 - 2009 Grant Development Office LAREDO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jose A. Valdez District 1 President George M. Beckelhymer District 4 Vice President Daniel Rigal District 5 Secretary John Peter Montalvo District 3  Trustee Jesus Martinez District 2 Trustee Guillermina Montes District 6 Trustee Jose R. Perez District 7 Trustee