CICERO – Morton High School District 201 was granted approval by the Illinois State Board of Education to receive a School Improvement Grant in the amount of $1,998,905.
The district learned it had received the grant June 18 following the State Board of Education meeting. The grant is awarded to districts with schools like Morton East, which has Priority School status based on need for improvement, Assistant Superintendent Timothy Truesdale said.
The three-year grant is used specifically for educational improvement.
"[The grant] brings resources into the school to help drive the mission we've been working toward," Truesdale said. "Obviously we want to improve reading and math, technology. It brings resources in to support our mission plan."
Improvements will include a focus on professional development for educators, working with lead partners to set curriculum expectations and a curriculum review mechanism, according to district officials.
Other identified goals are the ability to offer students advanced coursework opportunities, a support system for the transition to high school and a plan for more community and parent engagement.
The grant is expected to provide an opportunity for investment in teacher and leader development and implementation of a coherent, disciplined approach to teaching and learning.
Parent and community engagement is expected to be improved and higher expectations and results of all students will be addressed, as well as an improvement in the district's climate and culture, according to a news release.