LIBERTY - Applications for $540,000 in Kentucky Reading First grants were approved Monday by the Casey County Board of Education. Dec. 5 is the application deadline.
Three-hundred schools in the state are eligible for the grants, but only 50 will be chosen. Marilyn Coffey who works with Family Services centers in the school district, said the grants are $530,00 per year for six years.
The amount schools get each year depends on successful implementation of the program.
The board is seeking $150,00 for Middleburg Elementary and $130,000 each for Douglas, Garrett and Phillips elementary schools.
The program requires intense training for teachers each year.
The program strives to ensure that each child is a successfully, proficient reader by the end of the primary program by embedding the essential components of reading instruction into the reading program for primary students.
In other business, the board:
* Heard that Superintendent Linda Hatter has hired Amanda King, districtwide special education teacher; Tammy Sidwell, districtwide special education paraeducator; and Debra Lynn, special education paraeducator for Liberty Elementary; Donnie Peyton, janitor, and Marlene Wethington, half time clerical/aide, at Douglas Elementary; and Trey Cundiff, middle school academic team assistant coach.