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Oklahoma City Public Schools outlines Race to the Top grant wish list

Oklahoma City Public Schools will request more than $30 million in federal funding to create five programs designed to personalize student learning. The Race to the Top grant must be submitted this month.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: October 16, 2012
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Software for literacy instruction for English language learners. $1.9 million.

Hire eight graduation coaches to help the most at-risk students complete high school. $1.9 million.

The school board approved the grant Mania and her team put together.

The grant must be submitted by the Oct. 26.

Grant winners will be announced by the end of the year.

“I'm really proud of the team effort that came together with Race to the Top,” Superintendent Karl Springer said.

Other business

The board approved the preliminary design report for John W. Rex Elementary, the downtown charter school. The building will be about 79,000 square feet and can accommodate 500 students. The project was originally expected to cost $9 million. The new estimate is $14,250,000 — $12 million in public funding and $2,250,000 from private sources. Construction is expected to run from April through July 2014.

The board approved a contract with MetroTech for a dropout recovery and prevention program. Students will earn a diploma while learning trade skills. The program costs $500,000.


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Contracts awarded

The board awarded several contracts, including:

Saker Mechanical, $1.7 million to replace old chillers at Bodine Elementary, Greystone Upper Elementary and Rogers Middle School.

ACT Inc., $120,000 for test prep materials.

The Mandt System, $41,000 for professional development.

NCS Pearson, $78,000 for professional development.

OddysseyWare, $157,000, web-based learning programs for students.

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