Innovative Programs

The office of Innovative Programs is committed to optimal management of state and federal entitlement grants and procurement of competitive grants in order to support "Stamford Public Schools provides an education that cultivates the productive habits of mind, body and heart in every student" in keeping with the vision of the Superintendent, Dr. Tamu Lucero and mandates of our Board of Education.

Overview

Although allocations to qualified districts/schools are predetermined based on such formula, a comprehensive annual application process must be followed to receive funding. An accountability system is also in place for each grant, as indicated by the annual report that must be submitted to the State Department of Education for the continuation of the grant. The annual reporting must validate that all funded programs and staff follow each grant’s guidelines and regulations. Local school districts are subjected to two sets of “mandates” that are the basis for federal and state funding.

  • State Mandates (summary) reflect the State’s primary responsibility for education
  • Federal Mandates (summary) reflect the Federal Government’s responsibility for protecting and providing for students who are disadvantaged, handicapped, limited English speaking, etc.

Accountability

Grants managed by the Innovative Programs Office are evaluated annually by an external evaluator. Annual fiscal audits are also completed by an external auditor. Several reports related to specific grant mandates are requested and submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education. These include the following:

  • Fact Sheet and annual report to the Priority School District Grant
  • Fact Sheet and annual report for the Extended School Hours Grant
  • Title I Comparability Report
  • Aplus-Web based System for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Supplement Not Supplant

All grant funds must be used to provide additional programs and or staff to improve the quality of education for students. Grant funds and related guidelines are rigid and?cannot be used to fund what would have been otherwise funded by Board of Education operating budget funds. All programs and/or staff must be supplemental in nature and?may not?be used to supplant Board of Education?budget.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Cheryl Poltrack Director of Innovative Programs (203) 977-5271
Marie Underwood Data Management Specialist (203) 977-5447
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