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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 3:37 pm

Three more academically challenged Indiana schools will receive grants to support improvement efforts in the 2012-2013 school year—in addition to the three awardees announced this May. The Indiana Department of Education will award1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG) to Broad Ripple Magnet High School in Indianapolis, Dickinson Intermediate Fine Arts Academy in South Bend and McGary Middle School in Evansville. .

“Indiana is committed to providing communities the resources and support they need to drive effective school improvement efforts,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “Our pro-active approach steps in before struggling schools hit the critical point and require more drastic interventions down the road. The three schools receiving these grants have expressed a strong desire to dramatically improve student performance and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve that goal.”

The schools and award amounts are as follows:

Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Performing Arts (Indianapolis Public Schools) will receive $1,121,719.50 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Dickinson Intermediate Fine Arts Academy (South Bend Community School Corporation) will receive $1,574,275 for the 2012-2013 school year.

McGary Middle School (Evansville/Vanderburgh School Corporation) will receive $1,083,287.59 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Using a competitive application process, the SIG program provides funds to schools demonstrating a serious commitment to raising student academic achievement through comprehensive improvement plans. The program is federally funded but administered at the state level.

Applicants must select an improvement model approved by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Broad Ripple, Dickinson and McGary all selected the “transformation model,” which relies heavily on staff development, use of data to drive instruction and increased learning time.

Resources for these additional grants come from both the Title I School Improvement Grant 1003g fund and funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some of the funding was also made available through the non-renewal of a previous SIG recipient. Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Indianapolis Public Schools will not receive financial support through this program for the 2012-2013 school year. Improvement plans are supported over a multi-year timeline through the SIG program, but schools can lose access to funding if they fail to meet the standards set within their own applications.