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Subject: Online Grants and Plans System
Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: School district staff

Date: April 23, 2007

DESE is designing a new online system to simplify and consolidate numerous grant applications and planning documents.

Over the past several months, a DESE team has been looking at the processes currently in use for grant applications and planning documents that are required by this agency. Our staff has focused on these challenges and goals:

* Review the processes now being used by all state and federal programs.

* Eliminate redundancy.
* Design a consistent, consolidated system for districts to submit grant applications and required plans.
* Design a system that allows school district leaders to articulate the use of grant money to support the objectives of applicable plans.

There are several opportunities for school district personnel across the state to participate with us in this major project:

* Reviewing the general design of the project, reviewing draft web pages, and making suggestions to improve the functionality of the system.
* Testing the system at various stages of development.
* Hosting regional meetings when DESE is ready to demonstrate the new system.

We believe this system has the potential to serve as a model for other states, because it embraces both state and federal programs and because it will enable school officials to directly connect various funding streams with required plans and specific school-improvement objectives.

If you are interested in participating in some aspect of the development of this new system, please contact Bette Morff (bette.morff@dese.mo.gov) or Randy Rook (randy.rook@dese.mo.gov) in our Federal Programs unit.

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