The mission of the Support Services Program is to coordinate statewide reform in K-12 mathematics and science education.
The goals of the Support Services Program are:
1. Provide staff for the management of LaSIP including design of policies and procedures, and recommendation of reform measures for mathematics and science education.
2. To engage support and involvement of parents, business and industry, and the community to embrace standards-based education.
3. Assist in the full integration of appropriate technology for all students.
The Support Services Program includes the following activities:
1. Support Services - Provides staffing for the management of LaSIP, designs policy and procedures, and recommends reform measures for mathematics and science education.
2. Regional Partnerships - Designed to promote and coordinate efforts and resources (programs, people, and finances) of educational and community stakeholders at the regional and district levels to support and sustain mathematics and science reform. Proposals are solicited form the eight Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) regions of the state. Regions must work collaboratively with multiple organizations including school districts, institutions of higher learning, the LDE Regional Service Center, and private entities such as business, industry, Chambers of Commerce, and local agencies. Grants for Regional Partnerships are awarded on a competitive basis following a review process which involves out-of-state consultants.
3. Louisiana Challenge Grant - serves as a model to enhance student achievement by networking underserved communities. The Challenge Grant is developing comprehensive programs that use telecommunications to increase participation in high-tech learning by underserved K-12 students in five Louisiana school districts. The Challenge Grant provides access to children in underserved communities to Internet in schools, recreation centers, preschool facilities, and after-school tutoring programs to communicate with other students on-line. Participants involved in the Challenge Grant five school districts (Natchitoches, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Lafayette, and Monroe City Schools), five universities
(Northwestern, McNeese, University of New Orleans, University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Northeast), and LaSIP. Statewide partners include BESE, BoR, Governor's Office, Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, LDE, LaNET, Louisiana Public Broadcast (LPB), and BellSouth. The LaSIP Challenge Grant does not receive the funds which finance the five district sites. These funds are granted to Natchitoches Parish School Board, recipient of the U.S. Department of Education. Natchitoches Parish School Board contracts with LaSIP to provide administrative oversight for the grant. LaSIP does contract with the University of Southwestern Louisiana for evaluation of the overall program. LaSIP's role in this grant is purely administrative. Subgrants are funded through the Natchitoches Parish School Board.
LaSIP received notice in September that NSF has funded a five year Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI) for the Delta regions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. LaSIP will administer the Louisiana professional development and leadership components of that initiative which, including BoR and BESE funds, will involve over $500,000 annually. RSI professional development projects will begin in April 1998.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Support Services Program provides leadership to the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program(LaSIP). The success of this program is reflected in the success of the other programs in the Louisiana Systemic Intitiatives Program(LaSIP). Performance information consistent with this program's strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration/support services programs will be reported for next year. LaSIP did provide the following information for FY 1998-99:
1. In FY 1998-99, the Support Services Program, through the Regional Partnerships Initiatives (RPI's) will coordinate the out-of-state review of Regional Partnerships proposals and will fund up to 8 RPI's on a competitive basis.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The source of funding for this program includes general fund, interagency transfers, self-generated revenues and federal funds. The interagency transfer is derived from the transfer of federal National Science Foundation funds from Northeast Louisiana University to assist in the implementation of the Rural Systemic Initiatives Program. The self-generated revenue includes two sources: private, non-profit contributions and a transfer from the Natchitoches Parish School Board to administer the Challenge Grant for Technology in Education from the U.S. Department of Education. The source of federal funding is the Mathematics and Science Education Reform grant from the National Science Foundation. General fund is appropriated for purposes of rent and the legislative auditor which are unallowable federal charges.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 101.1% of the total request ($1,937,504) for this program. The increases in general fund reflect statewide adjustments for building rent and the Legislative Auditor. Additional changes in this program are primarily due to a decrease in self-generated funds for the Challenge Grant and an increase in interagency transfers for the annualization of the Rural Systemic Initiatives grant which targets efforts at reforming Math, Science and Technology teaching in 21 parishes in Louisiana.
Flow-through funds for eight (8) Regional Partnership Initiatives (RPI). The purpose of the RPI is to coordinate efforts and resources of educational and community stakeholders to facilitate and sustain mathematics and science reform. Each RPI has a full-time coordinator, an Advisory Committee, and a Project Director. (Federal Funds)
Payments to Challenge Grant personnel domiciled at universities. The purpose of the Challenge Grant is to develop a systematic model to enhance student achievement by providing instructional technology networking capabilities to underserved communities. (Self-generated funds for administration; other program costs are budgeted with Natchitoches Parish School Board).
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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