Utica School District among 17 receiving grants for getting teacher evaluations in early

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. - The New State Education Commissioner has announced that 17 school districts, including the Utica City School District, and charter schools have been awarded grants under the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) program.

Utica City School Superintendent Bruce Karam has said the district will receive $3.8 million from the grants.

The state awarded the grants to school districts that got their teacher evaluation plans in place before the scheduled deadline. The money has already been worked into the Utica School District's budget and has been used to restore jobs.

Another 32 applicants have received qualifying scores required for funding but do not yet have approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans.

STLE grants are targeted to support school districts and charter schools utilizing, as part of their implementation of an APPR plan, a comprehensive approach to recruitment, development, support, retention and equitable distribution of effective teachers and school leaders.  

The following school districts are fundable applicants with an Approved APPR Plan

  1.     Binghamton City School District
  2.     Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District
  3.     Cheektowaga Central School District
  4.     Fort Ann Central School District
  5.     Freeport Union Free School District
  6.     Mt. Morris Central School District
  7.     Newfane Central School District
  8.     United Free Schools of the Tarrytowns
  9.     Rochester City School District
  10.     Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District
  11.     Syracuse City School District
  12.     Union-Endicott Central School District
  13.     Utica City School District
  14.     Watervliet City School District
  15.     West Babylon Union Free School District
  16.     Wheatland-Chili Central School District
  17.     Williamson Central School District

The following are fundable applicants without an Approved APPR Plan, which means they have achieved the minimum required score for funding, but have not received an award notification because as stated in the Questions and Answers document, the preliminary notification of award letters "will be sent out on a rolling basis as the Program Office staff receives notification from the APPR Review Team of an eligible applicant's APPR plan approval. Applicants should not communicate directly with the Program Office regarding the status of their APPR plans; the APPR Review Team will do this. Preliminary award notification will not be given to the applicant until the Program Office receives notification from the APPR Review Team of an applicant's APPR Plan Approval. If APPR plans are not approved by January 17, 2013, the application(s) will be rejected and will not receive funding."

  1.     Alden Central School District
  2.     Brasher Falls Central School District
  3.     Cambridge Central School District
  4.     Central Square Central School District
  5.     Chatham Central School District
  6.     Clyde-Savannah Central School District
  7.     Coxsackie-Athens Central School District
  8.     Duanesburg Central School District
  9.     Gates Chili Central School District
  10.     Greece Central School District
  11.     Greenville Central School District
  12.     Hicksville Union Free School District
  13.     Hudson City School District
  14.     Huntington Union Free School District
  15.     Island Park Union Free School District
  16.     John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
  17.     Long Beach City School District
  18.     Lyons Central School District
  19.     Mayfield Central School District
  20.     Middleburgh Central School District
  21.     Monticello Central School District
  22.     New World Preparatory Charter School
  23.     New York City Department of Education
  24.     North Rose-Wolcott Central School District
  25.     Ogdensburg City School District
  26.     Ossining Union Free School District
  27.     Palmyra-Macedon Central School District
  28.     Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District
  29.     Red Creek Central School District
  30.     South Huntington Union Free School District
  31.     William Floyd School District Union Free School District
  32.     Wyandanch Union Free School District

According a news release, non-award notifications have been sent to applicants that did not receive the minimum 65 points needed for an award and ineligibility notifications have been sent to applicants that were determined to be ineligible.

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