The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 25, 2014

District 118 considers applying for grant

BY CAROL ROEHM croehm@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members on Wednesday will consider applying to the Illinois State Board of Education for a school maintenance project grant for fiscal year 2014.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district applies for the grant every year. The ISBE awards grants based on what money they have available.

“They’ve already done one round (of awarding grants), and this is the second round we will be applying for,” he said.

“The state will match what the district pays up to $50,000 for maintenance projects,” he said.

Denman said if the district were to receive the grant, it would help cover masonry work at Danville High School, which is estimated to cost around $100,000.

“The district would put in as much, or maybe a little more, as the state to cover the project,” he said.

The district was awarded the same grant in the last couple of years that was used toward annual maintenance work at the schools, Denman said.

Also on Wednesday, the board will:

Consider approving a job description for technology applications support specialist. The noncertified position would assist with data management.

Consider approving an evaluation instrument that would be used for non-certified employees, except food service workers and custodians.

The board will spend the remainder of Wednesday’s meeting in a Basics of Governance workshop as part of a Targeting Achievement through Governance (TAG) training session. The training sessions are a requirement of the $6 million federal School Improvement Grant awarded to Danville High School and administered through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Board members must participate in seven TAG training sessions during an 18-month period – four sessions this school year and three sessions next school year. Each three- to four-hour session will be conducted during school board meetings. The next session for this school year is May 28.

COMING UP The District 118 school board will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.