Two HCCSC schools to receive grants for reading improvements

Flint Springs and Lincoln elementary schools are among Hoosier schools receiving 2018 School Improvement Grants.

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced more than $5.3 million will be allocated to six schools and are made available to support student achievement in Title I schools.

Flint Springs and Lincoln each received $40,000, according to Huntington County Community School Corporation Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty.

“What that money is going to be used for is reading recovery training,” he says. “We’re going to bring in Ohio State University and they’re going to do a three-day training on literacy instruction. So it’s more accelerated and skill-specific training for our teachers.”

Daugherty said the principals and staff of the two schools are excited to be able to go through the training to help their students improve reading skills.

“It’s the latest and greatest research on reading,” he says. “I think we’ll see some gain and our students will reap the benefits from that.”

School Improvement Grants are federally funded and were enacted under No Child Left Behind. Alternate school improvement funding streams will be utilized in the future in accordance with Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act.

Funds were awarded through a competitive process to eligible schools that demonstrate a strong commitment to raise low student performance.