Lamoni Community School District

Application Information

Applicant Serving as Fiscal Agent (Applicant Agency):

Lamoni Community School District

County:

Decatur

Amount Requested:

$131,879

Director of Agency:

Contact Name:

Angie Radloff

Agency Name:

Lamoni Community Elementary School

Phone:

(641)784-3351

Fax:

(641)-784-6548

Email:

Grant Contact/Project Director: 

These fields will appear blank of the previous question was answered "Yes" and the Grant Contact/Project Director is the same as the Director of Agency. 

Contact Name:

Chris Coffelt

Agency Name:

Lamoni Community School District

Phone:

(641)784-3351

Fax:

(641)784-6548

Email:

DUNS Number:

045154176

Is the Grant Contact/Project Director the same contact as the Director of Agency?

No

202 N. Walnut St,, Lamoni 50140

Address:

202 N. Walnut St., Lamoni 50140

Address:

Data Collection and Evaluation Contact:

Contact Name:

Karen Roberts

Phone:

(641)784-3351

Fax:

(641)784-6548

Email:

202 N. Walnut St., Lamoni 50140

Address:

Fiscal Contact:

Contact Name:

Lisa Jones

Phone:

(641)784-3351

Fax:

(712)784-6548

Email:

202 N. Walnut St., Lamoni 51579

Address:

Iowa 21st Century Community Learning Centers Request for Applications FY22

Past Grantee Supplemental Application Information

Have you ever been in non-compliance (received a letter notice from Iowa Department of Education stating non-compliance) with 21CCLC rules and regulations in the past three years? 

No

Did you meet your attendance goals for the past two years? (21CCLC funded sites are required to meet their attendance goals at a rate of 70% in year one and 80% by year three)

Yes

Please provide your enrollment numbers for the last three years of your previous 21CCLC grant.

2018-2019: 35
2019-2020: 41
2020-2021: 55

Please provide your average daily attendance for the last threes years of your previous 21CCLC grant.

2018-2019: 95.08%
2019-2020: 94.43%
2020-2021: 93.36%

Did you meet your academic goals for the past two years?

Yes

How many of your local evaluation goals did you meet over the past two years?

75%

How much have office referrals been reduced over the past five years of your grant?

Less than 50%

After 5 years, how many community partners for sustainability have been recruited?

Less than 10

Have you exceeded the snack requirement, by providing a full meal?

No

Have you participated in required committee work in the last year? Attended:

All Meetings

Have you attended required Professional Development in the last year? Attended:

All Meetings

How many parent engagement meetings did you have in the last year of your most recent 21CCLC Grant?

2

How many field trips did you provide in the last year of your most recent 21CCLC Grant?

0

Have you provided children with the required snack?

Yes

Are you charging program fees to families?

No

Form Documentation

Legal Status of Applicant
Request for Competitive Priority
Minority Impact Statement
Private School Consultation Meeting Log
Sustainability Plan
Past Grantee Sustainability Form (if applicable)
Community Partner Official Notice
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Assurances & Agreements Required of All Applicants
Collaborative Signatures

MOUs

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Proposal Narrative

Abstract (Not scored)

The number of students served:

55

The total amount requested per year:

$131,879

The total amount per student:

$2,397.80

Title of Program: Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy

Applicant Agency: Lamoni Community School District

Total Award Requested: $131,879/year; $395,637 during first three years

Total Amount per Student: $2,398.13/student

School to be Served: Kindergarten -5th grade students at Lamoni Elementary,

Number of Students to be Served: School year: 55 students, Summer: 55 students = 110 Total

Documentation of Competitive Priority Status: Included in Appendix

Program Description: Lamoni Community School District and collaborative partners (see MOUs) seek to narrow the achievement gaps for students at Lamoni Elementary School. Lamoni Elementary has utilized 21st Century grant funds awarded since 2017 to successfully operate a before/after and summer school program, and this application will allow the district to continue the academic progress made in becoming a district identified as “Commendable” on the Iowa School Performance Profiles, as compared to a SINA-2 designation, “Needing Improvement,” in 2015 as stated on the previous grant application.

Student Need: Under the leadership of the District Administration and School Advisory Councils, priority needs for at-risk families have been identified using objective school and community data.

Need 1: At-risk students need early and ongoing academic assistance to meet and/or maintain reading proficiency.

Need 2: At risk students need quality enrichment activities that decrease the number of students with chronic absenteeism and promote positive youth development.

Need 3: Parents of at-risk students need access to programs, opportunities and services that support family success.

Project: Our before, after-school and summer programs will do the following:

(1) Provide access to high-quality academic recovery and enrichment programs.

(2) Work to close achievement gaps between low-SES and non low-SES students.

(3) Give students access to engaging activities that promote positive youth development.

(4) Promote community ownership by linking a variety of community resources to the schools, children, and adults who can best benefit from those resources.

(5) Lead to greater family awareness of the importance of literacy as the major skill development area that correlates with high success in other academic areas.

To meet priority needs, programming will be available for a minimum of 60 hours per month and 30 days each summer. The Lamoni Exploration Academy will operate from 7:00-8:00 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM Monday-Friday. A 30 day summer session will run in June and late July/early August. Students will be grouped by age/grade, rotating through 20-40 minute blocks of academic remediation and enrichment. Enrichment will capitalize on strengths of community partners and include opportunities in STEM programming, creative arts, hands-on projects, leadership and service opportunities, wellness and recreation activities.

Research Base: The program structure is grounded in best practices of quality after-school programs as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa After-School Alliance. Research based materials selected for academic remediation and enrichment will coordinate and connect with school day curriculums. The Lamoni Exploration Academy will capitalize on the proven education methods of licensed, certified teachers, while reducing the number of students in each classroom to seven for remediation, and fifteen for enrichment.

Management, Sustainability, & Communication: Project management will include part-time Site Coordinators as well as a grant administrator. The site coordinator will oversee daily operations, including student enrollment, staffing, and activities. In order to ensure a system for continual parent, youth, and community communication and feedback, Lamoni Exploration Academy will continue working with the established advisory board consisting of school administration, program staff, and community partners. Communication between all levels of operation will be coordinated by the site coordinator. Promotion and recruitment communication will utilize existing school technologies (website, texts, emails) and newsletters in order to reach the maximum number of readers.

Partnerships & Evaluation: To achieve our objectives, we have established firm commitments from our partnering agencies to provide the following research-based remediation and enrichment activities:

Reading Remediation: Reading remediation will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni Community School District and Graceland University staff.

Homework Assistance: Assistance in completing homework will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni Community School District and Graceland University staff and adult mentors.

Academic Enrichment Activities: Academic enrichment activities will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni CSD, Graceland University, Decatur County Conservation, Open Air Aviation, and the Lamoni Public Library.

Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Activities: Prevention specialists from Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, and Lamoni Police Department will provide substance abuse and violence prevention activities.

Wellness, Youth Development, and Recreation Activities: Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Decatur County Conservation, AmeriCorps Youth Launch, and Graceland University will provide wellness activities, youth development activities, and recreation activities.

Family Literacy Activities: Family literacy activities will be provided by the Lamoni CSD, Graceland University and/or Southwestern Community College staff.

Budget: The request for funding from 21st CCLC is $131,879/year for three years for before/after and summer school program at the Lamoni Elementary School.

Student Needs Assessments (20 possible points) 

Student Need: Under the leadership of the District Administration and School Advisory Councils, priority needs for at-risk families have been identified using objective school and community data.

Need 1: At-risk students need early and ongoing academic assistance to meet and/or maintain reading proficiency.

Need 2: At risk students need quality enrichment activities that decrease the number of students with chronic absenteeism and promote positive youth development.

Need 3: Parents of at-risk students need access to programs, opportunities and services that support family success.

 

2.1 Evidence of Student Need

Need 1: At-risk students need early and ongoing academic assistance to meet and/or maintain reading proficiency.

Schools in Need of Assistance: As an indicator of the strength of quality before/after-school and summer programs, Lamoni Elementary School was identified as a School in Need of Assistance during the prior grant cycle, but is now labeled as Commendable on the School Performance Profile. The change in status from the 2015-2016 school year to the most recent results is listed below:

 

Academic Year Free/Reduced Lunch Student Enrollment Ethnicity Reading Math Label

2015-16 54% 173 91% white SINA-2 SINA-2 Needs Improvement

2020-21 61% 179 84% white 61% proficient 69% proficient Commendable

 

Poverty Data: An average of 60.28% of students served in the Lamoni Elementary School qualify for free and reduced lunch, and would be labeled as living in poverty, 36% higher than the state average of 24%. The ETS Center for Research on Human Capital and Education, 2013, addressed the issue of poverty: "While education has been envisioned as the great equalizer, this promise has been more myth than reality. Today, the achievement gap between the poor and the non-poor is twice as large as the achievement gap between Black and White students. These differences undoubtedly contribute to the increasing stratification in who attends and graduates from college, limiting economic and social mobility and serving to perpetuate the gap between rich and poor."

Academic Proficiency Data & Achievement Gap:

Students at Lamoni Elementary failed to reach state proficiency targets of 80% or greater on FAST reading screeners at almost grade level.

Kindergarten-74%

1st grade-74%

2nd grade- 55%

3rd grade- 57%

4th grade- 74%

5th grade-62%

 

An achievement gap exists between non low-socioeconomic status and socioeconomic status students. Data from the 2015-2016 and 2020-2021 Iowa Assessments indicates that students of low socio-economic status (SES) are less proficient than their non-SES peers. The target group (low socioeconomic status) falls below that of peers and state averages. Data collected from the Iowa School Report Card highlights the continuing achievement gaps in Iowa Assessment proficiency rates at Lamoni Elementary. In addition, comparisons between overall proficiency and low SES students show at least a gap of more than 7% gap between groups on both reading and math.

Overall Reading - 63%

Low SES Reading-57

Overall Math-70

Low SES Math- 57

 

Title 1 program data: The Lamoni Elementary School operates as a Title 1 Schoolwide program. This allows title teachers to work with all students on a revolving basis, defined by most current data and need. Lamoni Elementary employs 1.5 FTE Title teachers, serving 179 students in reading and/or math.

Need 2: At risk students need quality enrichment activities that are designed to decrease the number of students with chronic absenteeism and promote positive youth development.

Chronic Absenteeism: Chronic absenteeism, defined by Governor’s Advisory committee, as missing 10% or more of school for any reason, is a concern within the district. Research conducted by Attendance works, a national non-profit, suggests that early patterns of attendance in preschool and lower elementary grades become the pattern for the rest of the student’s school career. Students who are chronically absent and lack reading proficiency by third grade are at greater risk for dropping out. The table below details the percent of K-5 students chronically absent by year as calculated in the state report, Spring SRI. At Lamoni, chronically absent elementary students missed not just 10% (18 days) a year, but instead missed an average of 25 days in 2020-2021. This equates to a month of instructional time and has a significant negative impact on school achievement and success. The before and after school program has made a significant dent in the number of chronically absent students, but the percentage of elementary students who continue to be chronically absent is still too high.

Academic Year

Percent of Students with 25 or more days absent

2015-16 15%

2020-21 8%

Need 3: Parents of at-risk students need access to programs, opportunities and services that support family success.

Community Risk Factors, Adult Education Data: Within the county, 6.9% of adults have completed 9th grade or less, compared to a state average of 3.3%. In addition only 89% of county residents have a high school diploma, compared to a state average of 92% as cited in the March 2018 ISU Extension & Outreach Poverty and Food Needs report.

Community Risk Factors, Family Economics & Health: 29% of the school age population live in single parent households, indicating they may be at risk due to lack of resources and stability that a dual parent household may provide. The 2019 US Census data listed the per capita income of Decatur County as $22,875 compared to the Iowa average $32,176. Social and economic resources are limited in Decatur County. As a result, families must drive outside of the county to urban areas (70-80 miles) to access more comprehensive health services, most mental health services, and support organizations such as United Way and YMCA. A 2021 report by the Robert-Wood Johnson Foundation, lists overall quality of life in Decatur County as 99th of 99 counties.

Safety Needs: Founded child abuse claims for Decatur County have decreased throughout the span of the previous grant cycles, from 57% to 21%. While this is definitely a positive change, 21% is still far too high. Decatur County now has a lower percentage of founded child abuse claims as compared to Union County (26%), Wayne County (31%) as well as the state average (26%).

Many of the confirmed and founded abuse reports in Decatur county impacted children age 10 and younger, the same aged children to be served in before/after school and summer programming.

Evaluate Resources: In the Lamoni school district, one daycare center is available, however, families of limited income find it difficult to pay the childcare rates. Working families are unable to find affordable school age child care in the community. As a result, school age children are left unsupervised or with older siblings after school and during the summer. Unsupervised children present a health, safety and community concern. Working families face difficult choices in balancing work demands without safe and engaging school age child care opportunities.

Project (24 possible points) 

Project: Our before, after-school and summer programs will do the following:

(1) Provide access to high-quality academic recovery and enrichment programs.

(2) Work to close achievement gaps between low-SES and non low-SES students.

(3) Give students access to engaging activities that promote positive youth development.

(4) Promote community ownership by linking a variety of community resources to the schools, children, and adults who can best benefit from those resources.

(5) Lead to greater family awareness of the importance of literacy as the major skill development area that correlates with high success in other academic areas.

To meet priority needs, programming will be available for a minimum of 60 hours per month and 30 days each summer. The Lamoni Exploration Academy will operate from 7:00-8:00 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM Monday-Friday. A 30 day summer session will run in June and late July/early August. Students will be grouped by age/grade, rotating through 20-40 minute blocks of academic remediation and enrichment. Enrichment will capitalize on strengths of community partners and include opportunities in STEM programming, creative arts, hands-on projects, leadership and service opportunities, wellness and recreation activities.

Research Base (5 possible points)  

Research Base: In 2013, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for School success, was released. This compendium of studies, reports, and commentaries was a primary source for choosing and developing structures, activities, and content for the grant application. Direct citations are referenced below as (Peterson, 2013).

Academics- Reading Remediation:

Path to Reading Excellence in School Site (PRESS) is a framework that structures literacy achievement in grades K-5 within a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Comparisons between targeted (PRESS materials) and comprehensive (Non-PRESS) reading interventions show that targeted PRESS interventions resulted in greater student growth for both second- and third-grade students. PRESS materials were developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota and have been vetted by the Collaborating for Iowa Kids (C4K) workgroup and Department of Education staff. PRESS provides a sequential series of tiered intervention materials directly aligned to Iowa’s Early Literacy Initiative assessment- FAST. Any additional evidence-based curriculums to be implemented will align with district and state standards.

Academics- Homework Assistance:

Research review by Natalie Lucas & Jennifer Kobrin, Co-Directors, Center for Afterschool and Expanded Learning, finds that homework support in an after school program can be an important link between the school day and after school hours (Peterson, 2013). In addition, the burden of homework completion is removed from busy families, and opens up an opportunity for communication between school, afterschool, and family life. In addition, the completion of homework increases soft skills of students, such as greater self-direction, self-discipline, organization, and independent problem solving (Peterson, 2013, Protheroe, 2009).

Academic Enrichment:

STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes, September 2011, found that students who attended high-quality STEM afterschool programs had improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers, increased STEM knowledge and skills; and higher likelihood of graduation. Students reported increased self-confidence in tackling science classes and projects, and gains in computer and technology skills.

Positive Youth Development: Harvard Family Research Project After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What It Takes to Achieve It (Little, Wimer, & Weiss, 2008) summarizes 10 years of research on afterschool programs reporting youth who participate in afterschool programs reap a host of positive benefits in many interrelated outcome areas— academic, social/emotional, prevention, and health and wellness. ISU Extension will partner with the Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy in professional development to assist staff in methods to include a positive youth development framework.

Family Literacy: In The Condition of Education, 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) describes survey results showing that literacy activities in the home contribute to reading success. In a study of 100 parent participants in family literacy workshops, Primavera (2000) found that the participants' children reaped such benefits as increased reading time with parents, improved language skills, increased interest in books, and increased enjoyment of reading. Parents also benefited, gaining increased literacy competence and parental efficacy.

Management and Sustainability Plan (20 points) 

Project management will include part-time Site Coordinators as well as a grant administrator. The site coordinator will oversee daily operations, including student enrollment, staffing, and activities. In order to ensure a system for continual parent, youth, and community communication and feedback, Lamoni Exploration Academy will continue working with the established advisory board consisting of school administration, program staff, and community partners. Communication between all levels of operation will be coordinated by the site coordinator. Promotion and recruitment communication will utilize existing school technologies (website, texts, emails) and newsletters in order to reach the maximum number of readers.

 

Planning to ensure effective staffing:

Recruitment, hiring and retention of highly qualified staff will be a priority for the Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy program. Along with the Central Decatur and Mormon Trail Districts, we have operated successful 21st century CLC grant sites (awarded in 2017), and Lamoni is excited to continue. Many of the day to day operations have been established and monitored with existing site coordinators and building administration, easily allowing Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy to expand service and access to all elementary students in the district.

Recruitment: Job descriptions have been developed for each position. The district will utilize word-of-mouth, community and school publications, and Teach Iowa to advertise and fill before/after and summer school positions while remaining focused on the vision to increase student achievement through academic support, enrichment opportunities, and family literacy. The school district will follow typical hiring procedures to attract the right people for staff positions. Interviews will be held by the building principal, the Site Coordinator, and representatives from the Advisory Board to ensure that highly qualified staff are recruited. The building administrators at each site recognize the importance of connecting school day teachers to before/after school programming, and as such, will encourage teachers and paraeducators to work after school hours. Teachers and paraeducators are contracted via the school district under the supervision of each school district administration, and are highly qualified and trained to work with youth. All staff and volunteers will undergo background checks prior to starting work. In addition, the district will provide an hour or more per day of in-kind secretarial support. The secretary will manage lists of student attendance, communicate this information with teachers, and include program highlights in district communications.

Retention of Highly Qualified Staff: Paid staff are offered a contract that is consistent with other employees with the same background and experience. All staff are paid a competitive rate. The positive difference they are making in the lives of our local youth adds to the value program staff receive. Flexible scheduling for weeks at a time or for particular days provides all regular school staff the opportunity to earn extra pay that works within their personal schedule. District and program leadership will stress clear goals, open communication, consistent expectations, and positive relationships with students and staff. The Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy Advisory board understands the importance of hiring the right people, for the right work, and supporting them in that work.

Professional Development: Professional development for teaching/learning strategies is currently provided at minimal or zero cost by school administrators and instructional leaders, via webinars (provided by After School Alliance) and attendance at the annual Impact After School conference. The school district and building administrators remain committed to providing training at minimal cost and will include program staff in building level professional development focused on teaching/learning or social/behavior strategies (SEL). All staff will be informed of free webinars and a group will be invited to attend the Impact After School conference. A program handbook, developed by the Site Coordinator, will be presented to each volunteer or community partner. It explains school emergency procedures and best practices for working with youth, with other essential policies and procedures.

Strong Program Leadership: Effective leadership is critical to long term success of the after school program. The Site Coordinator will be a teacher or other employee of the school whenever possible. This will ensure close connections and collaboration between the school day and the after school program. The building administrator is committed to sustaining the program and recognizes the positive impact the program has on students and families. School day release time will be provided for the program director to coordinate the program, thus reducing the administrative costs of the program. The Site Coordinator will have daily contact with school personnel to clarify the program, school policies, schedules, staff, curriculum, school data, and parent programs. The building principal will approve activities to ensure alignment.

Use of volunteers to support high quality programming:

The Site Coordinator will train volunteers in the goals and objectives of the program. Volunteers will support enrichment activities and serve as chaperones on field trips when necessary. Volunteers will support family literacy events with meal/snack preparation and help guide parents to events. The RSVP Program Director works closely with Graceland University and will be utilized to help connect senior volunteers to activities provided through the Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy program site. The Site Coordinator will make regular contact with all volunteers to ensure they are fully supported by program/school staff.

5.2 Safe Student Transportation:

Transportation: Transportation is a potential barrier to participation for many of our students and families. Use of the elementary school building ensures that all students may walk safely down the halls to the program classrooms when school ends, or from the program to school in the morning. In addition to the city of Lamoni, students also reside in Davis City and Kellerton. Many families in these communities commute for work and are not able to coordinate schedules to pick students up when the program ends. The Lamoni Community School Districts have committed to using district transportation services (vehicles and licensed drivers) to provide transportation to these outlying communities when the program ends in order to eliminate this barrier and ensure a safe and engaging environment for all students in the district. Buses will utilize the same drop off/pick up sites as the regular school transportation to ensure all stops are at home or within walking distance of participant’s homes. Summer school programming will also utilize district transportation services to provide transportation to and from the program.

Safe Facilities & Student Disabilities: TheLamoni Elementary Exploration Academy will operate sites in the elementary school. This allows for a continuity of care for students receiving services, allowing the program to capitalize on time for services as opposed to transporting to a program. The school meets ADA standards in terms of accessibility and accommodations for students with special needs. Our maximum staff to student ratio of 1:15 ensures students needing accommodations can be fully involved in activities in a safe and meaningful way. Families are welcomed in our buildings to observe or participate in program activities. Each school has a visitor check in/out system to maintain student and staff safety. Programs at each site will ensure both a safe learning environment and use of appropriately designed and developmental indoor and outdoor educational spaces. When the students attend events and other educational opportunities off site, the Site Coordinator will ensure the facility meets program standards for safety and accessibility in order to ensure access for all students.

Translation Services: Program sites will utilize on-line translation services when needed to provide information for students and families in their native language.

5.3 Stakeholder Advisory Board:

Organizational Leadership Structure: As the grant was developed, the School District administration identified the need for an advisory board. The Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy Advisory Board will meet on a quarterly basis in order to monitor and assess the ongoing needs of the programs, families, and students. The Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy advisory board, staff, parents, community agencies and county partners will be mobilized to identify how available resources may be utilized to enrich and enhance program goals. As a result of the quarterly meetings and the formation of the Board, a higher level of program equity for students and services will be provided. The Site Coordinator will maintain a close relationship with the school district to ensure a connection to the school and the school community in order to capitalize upon and align with the instructional standards and goals of the district.

5.4 Continuous Program Improvement & Sustainability:

Continuous program improvement starts with the vested stakeholders regularly reviewing data and evaluating progress towards the various goals established. Daily Program Staff will be trained on data driven evaluation techniques by the Site Coordinator and they will meet quarterly to review data and collaborate on ways to obtain the best possible student learning outcomes. The data will then be distributed and shared with the Advisory Board for continued reflection, analysis and evaluation. Recommendations of changes for improvements will follow analysis and interpretation of reports. Student interest in the program will be determined by analyzing the attendance patterns, and student comments during program opportunities.

The needs of our students and families in poverty within the Lamoni Community School District are great, and the comprehensive support needed is expensive. Because the Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy program is highly collaborative, we are able to coordinate resources from several district and community sources. We are determined to effectively administer change in this area of need for the benefit of our young students.

Sustainability through Community Partners: Sustainability activities throughout the grant cycle will include collaboration with diverse partners to provide an array of high-quality activities, building community awareness of the program to establish broad community buy-in, implementing a wide range of communication methods to keep critical stakeholders up-to-date about program activities, and engaging volunteers and other diversified staff to provide programming. Sustainability is based upon establishing a series of balanced and diversified funding streams, including in-kind partner contributions; school district contributions; and local, national and private grants.

Sustainability through Advocacy: The Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy Advisory Board will share program success and needs with the community at large. The extensive network of partnerships developed in support of this program will also enable the Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy Advisory Board to seek out additional funding. District Administration will advocate with legislative bodies to preserve funding. Lamoni has hosted multiple state and national policymakers in recent years as part of the ongoing effort to share the positive effects of multiple initiatives.

Sustainability through Media: The Site Coordinator will utilize all school and community communication streams in order to inform the public of the activities and successes of the Lamoni Exploration Academy. This will include postings to social media and more traditional newspaper/newsletter outlets. All marketing efforts will be evaluated annually for their effectiveness in procuring community support and securing additional funding streams.

Sustainability through Adaptability: Sustainability planning must be creative, flexible, and rely on strong partners and internal support. As the grant matures and ultimately ends, other funding streams will have to be pursued. Grant funding is critical to the long-term stability of the Lamoni Exploration Academy program for all students, as the largest cost in maintaining the program is in staffing. Without grant funding, the programs would become more exclusive, as some type of sliding fee scale would need to be implemented. While family/student fees will ultimately help with sustainability, the Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board recognizes the impact this would have on the target population - low SES students and families. Currently 60.28% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, with the majority qualifying for free lunch, and many would be unable to afford even the smallest of fees.

Sustainability through Coordinated Resources: Each partner in this application has outlined how they will partner with the Lamoni Exploration Academy. The school district will provide space, office equipment, and custodial services. School lunch staff will provide healthy snacks under the child care food assistance program. Graceland University, SWCC, and Public Library staff will work with daily program staff and the Site Coordinator to provide assistance and information for programming and family literacy needs. Partners are in full support of combining resources where possible in order to maximize the positive impact on families and best utilization of public and private funding.

Communication Plan (5 possible points)

Partnerships (10 possible points) 

Partnerships & Evaluation: To achieve our objectives, we have established firm commitments from our partnering agencies to provide the following research-based remediation and enrichment activities:

Reading Remediation: Reading remediation will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni Community School District and Graceland University staff.

Homework Assistance: Assistance in completing homework will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni Community School District and Graceland University staff and adult mentors.

Academic Enrichment Activities: Academic enrichment activities will be provided by certified teachers and paraeducators from the Lamoni CSD, Graceland University, Decatur County Conservation, Open Air Aviation, and the Lamoni Public Library.

Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Activities: Prevention specialists from Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, and Lamoni Police Department will provide substance abuse and violence prevention activities.

Wellness, Youth Development, and Recreation Activities: Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Decatur County Conservation, AmeriCorps Youth Launch, and Graceland University will provide wellness activities, youth development activities, and recreation activities.

Family Literacy Activities: Family literacy activities will be provided by the Lamoni CSD, Graceland University and/or Southwestern Community College staff.

Community Partnerships

Roles in Programming and/or Sustainability

Decatur County Conservation

Provide conservation programs and activities. Supervise field experiences to nature areas. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa

Presentations on wellness and drug/alcohol prevention. Free dental screenings. Participate in a health fair. Sponsor snack for Family Literacy Nights. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

Graceland University

Homework assistance. Family literacy nights. Cultural, recreation, and enrichment programs and activities. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Department

Visit programs regularly. Presentations on safety, drug awareness, bullying and violence prevention, and careers. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

AmeriCorps Youth Launch

Family literacy nights. 3 AmeriCorps members for educational assistance, mentoring, service-learning, and STEM. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

AmeriCorps Seniors

RSVP of Southern Iowa

RSVP Volunteers for Reading/Math academic assistance and mentoring.

Decatur County Public Health

Provide a health educator for Pick a Better Snack and gardening unit.

Lamoni Area SAFE Community Coalition

Broad community input and support at monthly meetings. Youth Center activities. Pursue additional grant opportunities. Serve on Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory.

SWCC

Provide ongoing educational opportunities for adults and families, including HiSET.

Lamoni Public Library

Administer summer reading program and activity programs. Provide access to library resources. Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board representation.

Lamoni Police Department

Visit programs regularly. Presentations on safety, drug awareness, bullying and violence prevention, and careers.

Optimist Club of Lamoni

Provide volunteer/tutor support and assistance. Collect, donate, and utilize community resources to support program goals.

Open Air Aviation

Flight simulator exploration and Flight Club. STEM activities

Lamoni Food Pantry

Food Insecurity

Engaging Partners over lifetime of the grant: Each partner has signed an MOU outlining their role in Lamoni Exploration Academy programs for the upcoming three-year cycle. The engagement of community partners is critical to the success of the Lamoni Exploration Academy program. The Site Coordinator will regularly connect with partners to gather relevant feedback for future program development and refinement. Annual Focus groups will be held for partner input and support. Recognition events will be planned to provide opportunities for partners to engage with students and families and be recognized for their efforts.

Maintaining partner relationships: The Site Coordinator will be charged with maintaining relationships with all partners. There will be thorough communication with all partners prior to their participation in the program. After partners engage with students, the Site Coordinator will ensure they receive thank-you letters written by the students. Relationships with partners will be recognized by featuring their participation on social media, school websites, and/or by submitting articles to the local newspapers.

Recruiting new partners: The Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board will continue to seek out additional community partners willing to provide programming, financial or other forms of support to the program. A realistic sustainability plan for maintaining and increasing local partner support will include: 1. Engaging initial partners. 2. Expanding programs and services that partners can offer. 3. Recruiting new partners.

 

Evaluation (10 possible points) 

The Lamoni Exploration Academy has implemented several evaluative assessment protocols in conjunction with experienced evaluators to ensure the success of the program. An advisory board has been established and charged with the oversight of the operational programming of the formative and summative assessment data.

8.1 External Evaluator: Experienced external evaluators are utilized to ensure the proper checks and balances of the program. They have completed evaluations for previous 21st CCLC programs and other community grants, and will comply with all state and federal guidance. All information will be submitted as requested to the appropriate groups.

External Evaluator Contact Information:

Ann Schlapia, Workplace Learning Network Coordinator

Iowa Intermediary Network, Southwestern Community College

1501 West Townline Street

Creston, Iowa 50801

(641) 782-1573

schlapia@swcciowa.edu

8.2 Evaluation for Program Improvement:

The Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board utilizes information from various stakeholders to evaluate on a continual basis the operational programming of the assessment data. The members of the board will meet quarterly to discuss current programming and data points relevant to each site and overall district protocols. These data points will be reflective of the standards set forth by the Iowa Department of Education and the goals and objectives established for this program.

Data collection to assess the impact of this program will be modeled after other successful 21CCLC programs in Iowa. In this model, information on specified indicators over time will be collected. This data is then provided to Advisory Board members and our external evaluators for evaluation and assessment each semester.

Data measure will include:

  • Student achievement data from state mandated assessment test (ie. Iowa Assessments/ISASP, FAST, etc.) or other appropriate district-wide assessments.
  • Student level data regarding the attendance and enrollment in the regular school day program and in the after school or the before and after school program (including summer attendance).
  • Student level data on discipline referrals, suspensions, and school safety.
  • School and program level data from parent, teachers, and student surveys
  • Qualitative data describing implementation of the program including operational changes, staffing, and a discussion of objective attainment, as stated in the application.

Additionally, existing surveys of students, teachers, and parents will be modified to target perceived outcomes of the programming and areas in need of improvement from the perspective of the various stakeholder groups. The surveys will be complimentary to information gathered at site stakeholder meetings. Stakeholder meetings of this nature may include, but are not limited to, School Improvement Advisory Committee meetings, SAFE Coalition meetings, and School Board meetings. All data collection in this evaluation effort will be aligned with program goals. The information will be used to demonstrate effectiveness or inform change.

Literacy Goals: The reading curriculum used with the students is expected to improve the literacy skills of participants. To measure this, each program participant will demonstrate growth on multiple assessment indicators for reading. These data points may come from classroom assessments, district assessments, and state-wide assessment programs. By August 2025, 75% of students participating in the program will be proficient in reading literacy.

Enrichment Goals: The enrichment activities used will increase higher-order thinking through inquiry based educational practices. The development and utilization of creative problem solving practices will be examples of the types of measures assessed by the individual site personnel. By August 2025, 75% of students participating in the program will have discovered new ways of acquiring knowledge and skills necessary for productive educational advancement.

Family Literacy Goals: The involvement of family members in the educational process has a direct correlation to the success of the child. Family literacy goals are one way to help drive this success. To measure this, we will survey parents about how comfortable and knowledgeable they feel about information presented in the school communications and during family nights (ie, HiSET process, topics covered with their children in the program, and supporting student learning in the home). By August 2025, 80% of families will be active supporters of their child’s educational growth and increase their own literacy and employment skills.

Summary of data collected will be shared with the Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board, External Evaluators, Site Leader and other various stakeholders each semester. In addition, evaluation data will be reported annually and available to the public on the Lamoni Community School’s website. The evaluation for this project will identify and document the attainment of the project objectives specified earlier in this narrative. The measures in the following tables have been selected to produce qualitative and quantitative data points to help document our success in each project goal.

LITERACY GOAL MEASURES

Iowa Assessments/ISASP - Annually

FAST Assessments - Every Fall, Winter and Spring

Progress Monitoring of Students by Teacher - Monthly

Grade-Level Teacher Reports on Attainment of Reading Goals - Quarterly

ENRICHMENT GOAL MEASURES

Individual Site Personnel Observational Data - Collected Daily

Teacher and Student Survey to Measure Satisfaction, Progress, and Identify New Activities - Annually

FAMILY LITERACY GOAL MEASURES

Activity and Attendance Logs for all Component Activities - Collected after each Activity

Parent Survey to Measure how Welcome and Connected Parents Feel - Every Fall

Parent Survey to Measure Satisfaction, Progress, and Identify New Activities - Every Spring

Budget Narrative (10 possible points) 

Lamoni Exploration Academy Program Personnel: $104,124 annually Approximately 78% of the budget is expected to support personnel salaries and benefits to provide certified teachers and paraprofessionals at each of the program sites. Detailed calculations for personnel cost is in the previous chart. The amount invested in personnel is enriched through school and community partnerships.

Staff Travel: $600 The budget will allow for associated travel costs, including: gas, meals, lodging for conferences and professional development necessary for realizing program goals. In-kind funding will cover the cost of local travel to collaborate with community partners, meet with grant management, and attend local professional development activities.

Materials and Consumable Supplies: $11,105 The Lamoni Exploration Academy will have a developed budget that provides funding for materials and consumable supplies for before and after programming, summer programming and family nights. The Site Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Building Principal to manage their general supply budget, ensuring all activities are adequately supported. Funds have been allocated for: PRESS instructional materials; books for reading and family literacy; craft/art supplies; science lab supplies; board games; afterschool curriculum kits; curriculum software; supplies for cooking and nutrition activities; and other materials as determined by building teams. Funds have also been allocated for family literacy activities such as materials, parent involvement materials, and family activities.

Professional Development: $6,600 annually Paramount to the provision of high quality services and program sustainability is the development and advancement of skills among our staff. The Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board and program staff will work together to assess needs for the program. Funds will ensure access for representatives to attend the state 21st CCLC Conference and provide other necessary opportunities.

Student Access/Transportation: $2,700 annually Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy has allotted a percentage of the total budget for transportation costs. Transportation to and from the program center would be a barrier if transportation were not provided for students and is increased due to the number of miles that must be traveled as a result of sparse population density and to provide service for students in satellite communities. Travel costs also include the cost for students to attend field trips and explore the community and region around them.

Evaluation: $1500 The Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy has negotiated costs for local evaluation efforts through Southwest Iowa Community College (SWCC). These consultants will be responsible for completing process reviews, assessing curriculum coordination, analyzing outcome data, and auditing the program.

Administrative and Indirect Costs: $5250 annually Lamoni Exploration Academy has allotted for project administration and indirect costs associated with fiscal management of the project. This will cover time for each site director to collect data, prepare reports, conduct management responsibilities, administer budgets and report program progress. The Fiscal Manager will be responsible for processing program payable/receivables, accounting and audit functions.

9.2 Supplement rather than supplant: The Lamoni Exploration Academy Advisory Board will utilize funds from 21CCLC only to supplement, not supplant, existing services and funds. Funds will create and expand after school programming that offers extended learning opportunities for children and their families. Funds will be used to provide intensive academic support and enrichment activities, personnel, family literacy programming, contracted community partner services for enrichment activities, and program materials that could not be provided by the district without these grant funds.

Supplemental Materials

Before School (BS) Site Operations

Estimated Start Date:

August 22, 2022

Estimated End Date:

May 26, 2023

Total Number of Service Days:

180

Total hours of Before School services per typical week:

5

Monday 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Start Time 

End Time 

Hours 

7:00 AM

7:00 AM

7:00 AM

7:00 AM

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

1

1

1

1

1

Saturday

none

none

0

After School (AS) Site Operations

Total hours of After School services per typical week:

10

Total Number of Service Days:

180

Estimated End Date:

May 26, 2023

Estimated Start Date:

August 22, 2022

Monday 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Start Time 

End Time 

Hours 

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

3:00 PM

5:00

5:00 PM

5:00 PM

5:00 PM

5:00 PM

2

2

2

2

2

Saturday

none

none

0

Summer (SUM) Site Operations

Monday 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Start Time 

End Time 

Hours 

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

8:00 AM

12;00

12;00

12;00

12;00

12;00

4

4

4

4

4

Saturday

none

none

0

Estimated Start Date:

June 1, 2022

Estimated End Date:

July 15, 2022

Total Number of Service Days:

30

Total hours of Summer services per typical week:

20

Adult Family Member Services

All 21CCLC programs are required to host a minimum of four family-centered events each year. A general rule of thumb is one per quarter. Examples of events include back-to-school celebrations, literacy nights, family game nights, recreational events, guest speakers, and so on. 

Describe Frequency, Duration, and Dosage:

Family Literacy Night is held in the Fall and in the Spring, with 2 family fun nights planned in conjunction with the Alley program. The literacy night is theme based with activities focused on Literacy. Exploration Academy partners with Graceland University Education Majors to plan literacy based activities to coordinate with the theme. The Fun Nights are for Exploration Families to become familiar with The Alley program and the activities offered through the family program in the summer.

Estimated Total Number of Adult Family Members Served:*
Total Number of Family Events*
School Name

Lamoni Elementary School

4

308

Form D1: 21CCLC Application Funding Request Summary
 

21CCLC TOTAL FUNDING REQUEST 

(Before and/or After School and Summer Program Funds) 

1

Number of program sites included in this application:

55

Total number of students being served (all sites for one year):

$131,879

Total first-year funding request (all sites):

Total three-year funding request (all sites):

$357,075

FUNDING FOR EACH SITE INCLUDED IN THIS APPLICATION 

NOTE: A program site may serve students from many schools. For example, a location that serves students from three (3) different schools would be considered one Program Site. 

Name of Program Site(s) 
Year 1 Funding Request 
Year 2 Funding Request 
Year 3 Funding Request 
Total Funding Request 
(3-year total) 
Number of Students Served per site per year 

Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy

$59,512

$59,513

$59,513

$178,537

55

School Year

Name of Program Site(s) 
Year 1 Funding Request 
Year 2 Funding Request 
Year 3 Funding Request 
Total Funding Request 
(3-year total) 
Number of Students Served per site per year 

Lamoni Elementary Exploration Academy

$59,512

$59,513

$59,513

$178,538

55

Summer School

Form D4: Applicant Agency’s Fiscal Resource Information 

It is recommended that each applicant, including school districts, public entities, or government agencies, possess sufficient fiscal resources in order to start up and operate the program being requested for a period of up to three months. Please indicate if you are a public entity or a private/non-profit by checking the appropriate box below and then use the text box at the bottom of the page to answer the questions regarding fiscal resources for start-up costs and operational costs. 

Public Entity

In the textbox below, please describe your funding sources that can be used to start up and operate the program for up to three months. For example, public entities should include their budget line item number, account numbers, or any other applicable references. Private organizations should describe cash, lines of credit, emergency loans, etc. Fiscal resource information should be specific (e.g., bank or lender names; name of the holder of the account).

 

* Note: If you do not have the financial resources available equal to the amount of funding you are requesting, you do not have the financial capacity for this project. Agencies that do not have adequate fiscal resources on hand are eligible to participate in the application process. However, the applicant must describe in this section the agency’s plan to secure the necessary fiscal resources for this program application. 

All funding sources are obtained from the Lamoni Community School District and 21CLCC funds. In-kind contribution come from: Decatur County Conservation, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, Decatur County Public Health, Lamoni SAFE Coalition, Lamoni Optimist Club, Open Air Aviation, and Lamoni Police Department

To view Forms D2 and D3, click the "View Document" buttons below. PDF versions are included at the end of this document but the information may not be split into multiple pages. 
 

Basic Service Components

If location for the program is different from the school where children attend, list both below:

School or Site/Building Name:

Lamoni Elementary School

School or Site/Building Name:

School or Site/Building Name:
Do you plan to provide any of the following to meet the nutrition/food access needs of students?

Full meal (best practice), Backpack program (https://www.foodbankiowa.org/backpack), Snack (required by federal statute)

Do you plan to follow best practices?

Yes, we will provide a free program to at-risk students in poverty as outlined in the guidance and consistent with the priority description in the application. All students on FRPL will attend for free. Best Practice is that applicants serve a minimum of 50% of FRPL children at each school in the application to receive the bonus points.

 
 

Site Information 

2022-2025 Site Profile 

Lamoni Community Elementary School

School/Agency Name:

School Name
(can apply for up to 3 sites) 
School-Wide Information 

Grades Served by School 

Total Enrollment 

Free and Reduced Lunch Rate 

# Targeted Students 

Grades Served by Program 

BS

AS

SUM

Target Schools

Lamoni Elementary School

K-5

151

60,2

K-5

55

55

55

Total:

55

55

55