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Killeen ISD's $1.18 million grant may go to more staff

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:22 pm

The Killeen Independent School District may receive additional grant funding based on the number of students enrolled in its free and reduced lunch program.

Districts were already allocated Title I grants for the 2014 fiscal year, but Congressman John Carter announced Thursday additional funding to numerous school districts for 2014.

Killeen ISD already received $7.87 million for the 2014 fiscal year. According to Carter’s office, the district is set to receive $1.18 million more.

Superintendent Robert Muller said the district allocated the majority of the Title I funding it received in the past to elementary schools for additional staff, teachers and aides, as well as professional development and technology.

“Title I funds are supplemental, which means they are added to the existing budget,” Muller said. “(Grant funding is) very helpful as the district works to meet the needs of students.”

The district received $7.62 million for the 2013 fiscal year.

Funds go toward helping students at risk of not meeting challenging academic achievement standards, especially those who reside in areas with high concentrations of children from low-income families.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Killeen ISD had about 47 percent of students considered at risk, compared to 45 percent of at-risk students statewide, according to the Texas Education Agency’s academic performance report.

The report also stated that 56 percent of Killeen ISD students were economically disadvantaged in the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 60 percent of disadvantaged students statewide.

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