Hillside receives S.I.G. grant
Hillside High School is one of many schools that are in transition. This year Hillside High school has received a grant known as the School Improvement Grant. This grant provides money for particular improvements over a period of time.
“So many resources are needed for students and teachers and I am very, very honored that Hillside was selected to receive the S.I.G Grant to provide better education opportunities for our students,” Sandra Hooper, Hillside High School assistant principal said.
The money given to the school goes through a process. The money comes from the federal government to DPS and finally to Hillside. The school received just under $5 million, and it’s being distributed in $1.6 million increments every semester, Ms. Hooper said.
Hillside teachers James Carter, Xavier Cason and Holly Jordan, as well as Ms. Hooper and Principal Hans Lassiter, all formed a proposal and presented it to Superintendent Eric Becoats and his assistant. The group discussed what Hillside needed. The grant focused on freshman mathematics and literature.
Due to the grant, more departments are coming to the forefront and more administrators are being brought in to help enforce rules and regulations. The grant has also opened doors for technology money.
“The district told Hillside they had to do the Freshmen Academy this year, rather than next school year,” Ms. Jordan said. She has been a Hillside literature teacher for six years.
Ms. Jordan also stated, “Literacy is important. A large amount of students don’t read on grade level, which means they tend to drop out of school and continue to struggle.”
She added, “I think there are positive and negatives to temporary grants; they have a limit, and problems are hard to fix in a short period of time.”