STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2012) – State senators representing Zionsville Community Schools congratulated the district for being awarded an Excellence in Performance grant by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The grant money, announced Thursday, will go to high-performing teachers in the school district.
Zionsville Community Schools – represented by State Sens. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), Mike Delph (R-Carmel) and Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) – is one of 28 first-time recipients of the grant. The three legislators voted in favor of the 2011 budget that distributes $6 million to winning school corporations around the state.
“There is no better way to educate and inspire our kids than to have dedicated, gifted teachers in the classroom,” Boots said. “This grant is an opportunity to reward our area educators for their exemplary service and helping to prepare Hoosier children for college and the 21st-century workforce.”
“Teachers provide such a vital service to our state and communities, so it’s important to show them how much they are appreciated,” Delph said. “Through this program, the General Assembly and the Indiana Department of Education can reward outstanding educators for their hard work.”
“I applaud the outstanding academic environment the teachers of Zionsville Community Schools create for our students each day,” Hershman said. “Their hard work and dedication should be rewarded and I congratulate them on being among the first recipients of these grants.”
In order to receive funding from this program, a school corporation must have a performance evaluation system that meets requirements established by law. To create the grant program, IDOE translated the statutory requirements into an application and a scoring rubric.
According to the IDOE, several variables were considered when calculating potential grant amounts:
• Number of teachers in the applying school corporation
• Number of teachers in the applying school corporation who may be identified as effective
• Number of teachers in the applying school corporation who may be identified as highly effective
• Amount to be allocated to teachers rated as effective
• Amount to be allocated to teachers rated as highly effective
Based on these variables, Zionsville Community Schools will be awarded $358,285. This money will be given to teachers rated effective or highly effective under the state’s new performance evaluation requirements.