Grants and Special Revenue
Grants and Special Revenue, under the Business Office, is responsible for all aspects of grant development and implementation in the Pawtucket School Department. The responsibilities include:
Budget Development Process and Timelines
All federal entitlement restricted funds are included in the district’s Consolidated Resource Plan (CRP). Districts submit this plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education by June 1 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and may amend this application one time during the fiscal year, in January.
Federal funds, restricted state funds, and private grants are allocated to accomplish district initiatives consistent with the intended uses and restrictions on these funds. These funds are allocated through several mechanisms, including a comprehensive needs assessment based on student achievement data and systematic classroom observation of pedagogy, as well as comprehensive feedback from principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members.
Overview of Revenues and Expenditures
The non-local budget consists of restricted-use funds from the State of Rhode Island and the Federal Government, and grants from foundations and other organizations. These funds are typically very restrictive, but give the Department the resources to conduct professional development, improve curriculum, enhance classroom activities, purchase technology, and plan and implement school reform. These funds are used to train teachers and other staff, engage the parents and community, develop and implement a standards-based curriculum and curriculum frameworks, and provide supplemental educational services such as literacy clinics, additional assistance in elementary school classrooms, and after-school programs.
Additionally, the grants are providing the resources for initiatives such as high school reform, building leadership capacity, and establishing technology infrastructure and training.