Some schools aren't even applying the first year. Ottumwa is applying for a share of the $50 million.
"We feel we already have many of the [required] components in place. This will enable us to increase the number of teachers who have an opportunity to influence achievement in the district by [assisting colleagues]. We could add four teacher leaders to the elementary [level], two to the middle school and one more at the high school," Eidahl said.
All districts already pull in more than $5,000 per student. What does a grant of $309 mean to Ottumwa financially?
"It means an additional $1.4 million for our district," said Eidahl. "We can use that to significantly [impact] student achievement."
The grant application is due next week. Districts will be notified of results of the competitive grant award process in mid-March.
— News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark