By Tony Farkas
CENTERVILLE — The Centerville ISD will once again seek funding to help students in the district who have been identified as socially disadvantaged.
The CISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing at its regular meeting on July 15.
Superintendent Mark Brown said that for Title I funding, which is to be used for socially disadvantaged students, the district is applying for $42,920, which will be used to fund enrichment programs to reach children identified as disadvantaged, as well as for stipends for teachers in high-needs areas.
Title II funds are used for teacher training and recruitment, and Brown said the district is applying for $6,986. The funds help keep qualified teachers and administrators in a district that has less economic opportunities for funding.
In the past, the money was used to pay teachers in science and math because those areas are harder to recruit and retain, Brown said.
Additionally, the district will seek Title IV funding, which last year bought cameras and door buzzers as the funds primarily go toward safety.
Brow said the district is at 65.49 percent of students identified as disadvantaged; in the 2019-20 school year the district was at 55 percent.
This information will be presented at Parent-Teacher Night as well, Brown said.
No action was taken.
In a separate matter, Lawton Trekell was hired to teach history and be the head baseball coach at Centerville.
Principal Andja Sailer said he has been enthusiastic during the interview and questions process, and thinks he would be a good fit for the school.
The board approved the hire unanimously.