Bloomfield School District is one of 40 school across Indiana to be recommended by the Indiana Department of Education to receive a portion of a $10 million grant to recognize teachers.
Bloomfield will be receiving $117,000 to reward teachers who are rated "effective" and "highly effective" on the annual RISE evaluations, according to Superintendent Dan Sichting.
"I was shocked. Last year they didn't announce the grant winners until April," Sichting said.
Sichting said this is the second year the school has been chosen to receive a portion of the Excellence in Performance for Teachers Grant. In 2012, the school received $76,231 for the first-time grant.
Sichting explained the first round of funding will be awarded to teachers in the fall after teacher evaluation results are finalized for the 2012-13 school year.
The second round of funding will be distributed to teachers in fall of 2014 after results are finalized for the 2013-14 school year.
"A dramatic culture shift is taking place right now in our schools as a result of the education policies Indiana advanced in less than four years," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Bennett said in a prepared news release. "These are the districts and schools leading that shift by implementing fair and comprehensive evaluation and compensation policies that aim to develop all teachers and keep our finest in the profession."
Sichting said it is important to reward the teachers who are working hard to acclimate to the RISE evaluation system and the upcoming shift to Common Core Standards.
The press release states the Excellence in Performance for Teachers grant was established in a 2011 legislative session to assist school corporations in recruiting and maintaining effective educators.
Bloomfield School District sent in one of the 124 applications received from schools across the state. The applications were extensively reviewed and schools went through a multiple phase review process.
Several of the schools are using the RISE evaluation, which Bloomfield School District played a part in the pilot process of the evaluation program. Other schools receiving the grant are participating in a modified RISE evaluation, TAP evaluation and a locally created evaluation process.
Sichting said without the grant the school would not be able to financially compensate the teachers who are working hard to make Bloomfield School District a better educational facility.
"We are a declining enrollment school above the funding threshold. We have lost the rural schools grant. We wouldn't have the funding to do this without this grant," Sichting stressed.