ALEXANDRIA, VA — August 29, 2013 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded $2.5 million grant to the Clay County School District through the 2013 Fiscal Year (FY13) Grant Program.
There are over a million school age children from military families, with the majority attending public schools throughout our nation. DoDEA is committed to supporting educational outcomes for ALL children of military families. As the largest geographically dispersed school system in the nation, serving approximately 86,000 students worldwide, DoDEA shares its experience and resources with military-connected public school districts.
"A significant element of support for military children is an educational setting that provides not only a quality education but that recognizes and responds to each child’s needs, and provides a supportive and stable environment,” said Kathleen Facon, Chief of the DoDEA's Educational Partnership Program. “The Department of Defense is committed to ensuring that all children of military families have access to quality educational opportunities.”
“Our partnerships with public schools serving military-connected families are an important part of that commitment. DoDEA Educational Partnership grants have the power to transform learning experiences for children and we are looking forward to working with Clay County School District to leverage success and learn from their experience,” Facon added.
Facon noted that DoDEA received many high-quality proposals for innovative programs and initiatives to support military connected students. This year's grant competition was focused on programs that: 1) infuse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) principles throughout the curriculum; 2) establish or expand foreign language learning; and/or 3) programs that include ongoing, systemic strategies for parent and family engagement.
For the FY13 grant program, competitive priority points were awarded if the school district had not previously received a DoDEA grant award, and if one or more of the eligible schools has a military student enrollment of 50 percent or more.
“We are excited about the grant from the DoDEA. This is a great partnership, which improves the lives of military students,” said Charlie VanZant, Jr., Clay County School District Superintendent. “As a combat veteran, I know first-hand the importance family plays in supporting our men and women in uniform.
“Clay County receiving this 2.5 million dollar grant is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the grant management team. The services provided through this grant will have a lasting impact on the lives of students from military families. The grant management team does a great job serving the families that serve our nation,” VanZant added.
DoDEA awarded nearly $39 million in grants this year. The grants were awarded to 21 military-connected public school districts and 3 consortiums to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military connected students.
To be eligible for participation in the grant, the district must have an active military-connected student population of 5% or more, with a population of 15% or more military-connected students at the school level. Although funding levels are related to military student enrollment, the proposed programs will serve all students at the target schools.
DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.