Bloomington I.S.D. uses half a million dollar grant to help students catch up in a pandemic

Students in the Bloomington I.S.D. have opportunities to catch up on school work

VICTORIA, Texas – The Bloomington I.S.D. received a $400,000 grant to help elementary and middle school students catch up in this COVID-19 pandemic.

Many students fell behind last year so the district is tackling the issue with its T-Class grant.

Toi Tippin is a licensed crisis counselor and grant writer, he said the funds come from the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden in March 2021.

“And how we kind of get them back in the schools and get them caught up with what they need. Where they need to be for their grade level. Many students got behind, just with the remote learning and being closed down because of COVID-19,” she said.

An early version of the tutoring plan shows the grant money will address previous tech issues. The plan also helps students with individual reading and math lessons to help them pass the STAAR test.

Superintendent Mark Anglin says there will be a 1:3 teacher to student ratio 

“To help them regain that core knowledge and that’s going to be key to helping these kids. It’s not remote memorization, it’s making sure that it’s rigorous but that the children are involved. And that they are excited about being there, cause if you can’t do that. You’re wasting your time,” he explained.

Tippin mentioned the district is also receiving other grants called the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Grant, also known as E.S.E.R, that will help the district save money for necessary remodeling upgrades for some of their buildings.

“That’s what a lot of the E.S.E.R. grant funding is for. It’s to remodel buildings that need it to allow for social distancing or to upgrade H-fax systems. So that there’s better air quality to protect the safety and health of our students and our staff,” she said.

Bloomington I.S.D. feels grateful to receive this large grant

The half a million dollar grant allows the district to stay in compliance with the states standard requirements to address learning loss, due to COVID-19.

“Really just that we’re really grateful as a district to get it because the state of Texas has put these requirements in place for districts to address students learning loss. And without the extra grant funding, we were kind of at a loss as to how we were going to pay for it up to the state’s standards.” Tippin said.