Race To The Top

What Would You Do With $10,000,000

This isn’t a question that most of us ever have to ask ourselves about our own finances. It is a question the district is asking now as we prepare to submit a proposal for the US Department of Education’s (USED) Race to the Top-District grant. This grant, which will be due by the end of October, could award our district $10-20 million to implement a plan “to create learning environments that are designed to significantly improve learning and teaching through the personalization of strategies, tools, and supports for students and educators.” The results of the plan should be higher student achievement, reduced achievement gaps and greater preparedness for college and career following

Since these are goals that nearly every school district in the country would want to achieve, the competition for this grant will be VERY tough. While the chances are certainly slim that we’ll be award one of the 15-25 grants that will likely be awarded, we believe it is worth trying for.  With our extensive history in standards-based grading, and the ongoing success of our Believe to Achieve initiative, we believe that Fort Osage fits the model the grant developers are seeking.  Our task over the next several weeks will be to develop and communicate a plan to move the district forward. 

Join us for a community input session to learn more about Race to the Top and share your ideas with what Fort Osage can do with $10,000,000. 

September 20, 2012

12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Gragg Administration Center
lunch will be served so please RSVP to or 650-7019

6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fort Osage High School Media Center