May 12, 2011
A better day for sure…. The Department of Education sponsored training on consolidated federal grants with all the administrators in the private, parochial and public schools. It gave me an opportunity to meet more people than I will remember. Everyone is extremely friendly. Several people said they had heard about me and knew I was a superintendent. Several asked if I would be applying for the position here. NO THANK YOU!! From what I can tell, many people have been waiting for my position to be filled and for me to be on board. I get the impression that there has been a ‘hole’ and lots of other people have had to fill the gap. With me on board, a little seems to be off of other people’s plate.
From what I have learned, the federal government gives permission for outlying areas such as Guam, Samoa, and Common-Wealth of Micronesian Islands to consolidate all their Title grants into one Consolidated Federal Grant Title V. Federal Grant reviews conducted the training on what components are grant should have as they presented the district’s approved grant for this year. The grant has gone through an approval processes including revisions. A lot of the money has not been spent and it must all be spent before August 30th. Given the procurement process, that will be a challenge. In addition, school end May 26th. So getting input from teachers and administrators will not be easy given how busy everyone is at the end of a school year. Ballots were given out to all participants. This group of administrators was the stakeholders by Federal requirement and expected to give the district ‘input’. The vote indicated everyone but one voter was in favor of consolidating all the Federal Grants. The afternoon was spent in an exercise to write a grant narrative with all the required components.
Right after lunch, the superintendent was called away. Apparently close to 300 students from 5 schools in the southern portion of the island had become ill after eating lunch. The Naval Hospital and Guam Memorial Hospital were scrambling checking all of the children. There’s talk of the food or water being tainted in some way. I haven’t heard anything else since this afternoon.
Tomorrow is another day, Friday and the end of a short first work week for me. It will be another day of training at the Hilton and an opportunity to network some more and meet new people. I’m looking forward to it.