WICHITA — The Wichita school board tonight will hear how officials at Curtis Middle School plan to use a $6 million federal grant aimed at pulling the school off the list of the five lowest-performing, high-poverty schools in the state.
The state Board of Education voted last month to award $22.6 million in federal school improvement grants to six of its worst performing schools, based on state assessment scores.
Curtis, a 600-student middle school at 1031 S. Edgemoor, received the most money to transform how the school operates.
Denise Seguine, chief academic officer for the Wichita district, said the three-year grant will "change the face of Curtis for sure."
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Proposed changes include a data management system to better track students' academic progress and training for teachers on how to effectively teach math and reading to all students, Seguine said.
Also tonight, board members are expected to approve a $3.7 million bond issue project for an addition and renovation of Gardiner Elementary School.