2010-04-15 / Youth

PAISD faculty grants top ’09

Port Aransas Education Foundation

Showing us the money Port Aransas Independent School District employees display oversize checks they received from the Port Aransas Education Foundation during a district assembly to announce grants the foundation was making on Friday, April 9. Standing in front, from right: Amy Boulanger, Carmen Waters, Sylvia Buttler and Marilyn Cook; back row, from right: Gary Mott, Pete Barello, Bill Slingerland and Andrea Skloss. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Showing us the money Port Aransas Independent School District employees display oversize checks they received from the Port Aransas Education Foundation during a district assembly to announce grants the foundation was making on Friday, April 9. Standing in front, from right: Amy Boulanger, Carmen Waters, Sylvia Buttler and Marilyn Cook; back row, from right: Gary Mott, Pete Barello, Bill Slingerland and Andrea Skloss. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER Grants totaling $65,368.79 from the Port Aransas Education Foundation to Port Aransas schools and teachers totaled well over last year’s $57,458.22.

The grants were announced Friday, April 9, at the Brundrett Middle School gym. While this year’s total was higher, grants were spread out to 29 recipients with the highest being $6,238.

That’s significantly less than last year’s highest grant of $10,000 to Port Aransas High School technical coordinator Leif Johnson, to be used for computer upgrades.

A ton of dough Port Aransas school district employees display the oversize checks they received from the Port Aransas Education Foundation. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER A ton of dough Port Aransas school district employees display the oversize checks they received from the Port Aransas Education Foundation. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER This year’s high grant went to Brundrett English language arts teacher Kate Williams, who will use it to pay for a virtual writers workshop. In addition, the Port Aransas ISD agreed to kick in another $3,118.33 to cover the total cost of the workshop.

While most of the grants went specifi cally for educational equipment or programs, a few didn’t. For instance, part of the $5,201.20 grant to nutrition director Amy Boulanger is earmarked for fresh produce.

A few teachers got more than one grant. Williams’s grant for the writers’ workshop was one of three; she also received $1,490 to attend the National English Convention and $2,457.78 for a program called Creating the Write Environment.

High school criminal justice and theater instructor Gary Mott received $874 for criminal justice instructor training, $1,829 for a sound system and $1,500 to attend a national conference.

Fourth-grade teacher Clare Adams at H. G. Olsen Elementary School got a total of $5,850 for a three-part writing camp. Each grant was for $1,950.

Three other teachers received two grants apiece.

The complete list of grants:

H.G. Olsen Elementary: Clare Adams, fourth-grade teacher, three grants of $1,950 each for a three-part writing camp; Amy Boulanger, nutrition director, $5,201.20 for fresh produce and educational materials; Principal Sylvia Buttler, $5,945 for field trips and $2,058 for a K-8 M.A.R.E. program with UTMSI; special education teacher Marilyn Cook, $986 for a Learning in a Digital Age conference and $3,006.25 for a book festival; Gay deMontel, $1,300 for fifth-grade symphony and $1,055 for drumming instruction; Julie Findley, $360 for registration for the Great Texas Birding Classic; special education teacher Veronica Harlin, $1,406.10 for a certified wildlife habitat; nurse Melissa Ramsden, $1,500 to attend the National School Nurse Conference; librarian Pam Voyles, $1,500 for new library books.

Brundrett Middle School: reading teacher Paul Balcom and special education teachers Lindley Eldridge and Terence Davidson, $2,467.50 for laptops for Computers on Wheels (PAISD matches with $2,467.50); librarian Patt Coeckelenbergh, $2,500 to update nonfiction materials; science teacher Andrea Skloss, $2,500 for a Sparking Science program; ELA teacher Kate Williams, $1,490 for the National English Convention, $2,457.78 for Creating the Write Environment and $6,238 for a virtual writers workshop (PAISD will also pay $3,118.33).

Port Aransas High School: Science teacher Laurie Barello, $2,500 to upgrade computer and science labs (PAISD will also pay $2,500); history teacher Peter Barello, $2,500 for iPod History; criminal justice and theater teacher Gary Mott, $874 for criminal justice instructor training, $1,829.95 for a sound system and $1,500 to attend a national conference; science teacher Bill Slingerland, $1,000 to promote cooking skills and food knowledge; CTE coordinator Monica Sonnier, $2,250 for an industry standard upgrade; Pamela Voyles, sewing teacher and librarian, $1,500 for sewing equipment and $3,594 for iPads.

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