11/29/2012 11:49:00 AM Windom school denied $3 million Race to Top grant
It appears the Windom School District will not receive a national Race to the Top grant after all.
Windom Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt told Citizen Online that the top 60 applications have been selected and the local six-district application (which included Windom) was not on the list. The grant would have brought the Windom School District $3 million over four years.
"There were only two rural districts on the list," Wormstadt said, adding that the list will eventually be trimmed to 15.
While disappointed with the news, Wormstadt said the application process has helped Windom and the other districts work toward a more modern approach to K-12 education. He said Windom will likely continue to work toward expanding technology offerings for students (Windom seniors all receive and use iPads, but there was consideration of expanding those offerings to other grade levels).
But Wormstadt said that technology expansion and the growth of a more personalized learning system (focusing more on individual students) would likely proceed at a slower pace. He added that the district will continue to pursue grants and other funding to assist with its goals.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 4 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.