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Cunningham School awarded $1.5 million grant

Waterloo Schools has been awarded a 1.5 million-dollar School Improvement Grant (SIG) for the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence.

The district is receiving nearly half of the just over three-million awarded to Iowa from the United States Department of Education in February.  The funding will assist the district in its mission to boost student achievement at the elementary school.

“We are so encouraged by the grant award.  Waterloo has experienced success with using School Improvement Grant money to improve student learning and teacher capacity.  We are confident this award will benefit Cunningham students, families and staff. Now that we’ve secured the grant, the exciting work begins,” said Dr. Jane Lindaman, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services who takes over as district superintendent July 1.

The grant means the elementary school will add seven additional days of student instruction, along with seven professional development days for staff.  For the 2014-15 school year, Cunningham will start August 5 for teachers and August 7 for students (no school for students August 15).

SIG money is given to state education agencies, then districts compete to secure the funding based on a sub-grant submission.  

posted : June, 11th by KXEL

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