The Department of Federal Programs is responsible for grant writing, use of funds, compliance and evaluation for several government programs:
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Title I, II, III, and IV
- Compensatory Education - funding for At Risk students
- SHARS - Student Health and Related Services (program to receive Medicaid funding)
- Other Federal and State grants - grants that are temporary and applied for as availability and need arises.
The department works with other departments, principals, and staff to ensure that grant funds are spent legally and all required documentation is met. In addition, the director works with schools in need of improvement and district/campus improvement planning according to areas directed by the Texas Education Agency under State and Federal accountability systems. Corrective action plans are developed in collaboration with other departments/campuses and submitted to the agency as required. The director establishes procedures to regulate grant spending, and ensure documents are available for government audits.
Planning and evaluation are conducted to make sure funds are spent according to highest need, and are supplemental to the regular budget programs. Programs are evaluated to determine their impact on student achievement and improvement of instructional programs.