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DR. VICKI KIBODEAUX

Federal Programs Specialist

Dr. Vicki Kibodeaux is a former teacher, academic coach, curriculum specialist, and federal programs director who has served in Mississippi schools for twenty-five years. A National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Generalist, Dr. Kibodeaux received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis on professional development. Dr. Kibodeaux has had extensive training in professional development through Southeast Eisenhower Regional Consortium (SERC) @ SERVE with a focus on developing skills to provide staff development in mathematics and science. She has successful experience in leading teachers in effective instruction, unit lesson planning, and assessment writing. Most recently, Dr. Kibodeaux has spent the last five years working with federal programs. She has extensive experience with consolidated federal programs applications, Title III grants, McKinney-Vento Homeless grants, amendment writing, schoolwide planning, school improvement plans, and monitoring of such programs. A life-long reader, Dr. Kibodeaux enjoys reading when she is not enjoying the company of her five grandchildren. In addition to these pleasures, she holds several leadership roles in her church. Dr. Kibodeaux is married and has 3 sons, one daughter, and one son-in-law.

Parent and Family Engagement FY22 – Still COVID

Last year at this time, I wrote a blog on Parent and Family Engagement during the COVID pandemic.  At the time, I thought that I was only having to address that topic for that unique time frame.  Well, unfortunately, I was wrong.  Here we are a year later, and the topic is still relevant and

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ARP ESSER III GRANT

The ARP ESSER III grant has been released.  This grant has a few more requirements than prior grants.  One requirement being the planning process.  The ARP grant requires engaging in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and soliciting public input and considering this input in the development of the plan.  Yes, this has been required for the

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FY22 Plan Development

In Mississippi, our FY22 plan has been released in MCAPS.  The plan format has changed substantially; however, the prompts are similar to what have been used in the past. Rather than a number of dimensions with required data and prompts, there are sections to address each of the Title programs a district receives – Title

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Budgeting with Function and Object Codes

Mississippi just released a new Accounting Manual that was revised 5/2021 and is  is effective July 1, 2021.  The new accounting manual is more specific about how expenditures should be budgeted to accurately reflect the purpose of the expenditure.  The new accounting manual will need to be used as we plan for FY22 allocations and

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Forward-Think Federal Programs Monitoring

A number of districts in Mississippi have been through and are currently going through monitoring on the implementation of federal grants for school year 2019-2020.  These monitoring visits are currently being held as virtual monitoring visits with districts having to upload required evidence.   As I reflect on the monitoring instrument and the required evidence

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More COVID Relief on the Way

For all those dealing with federal dollars for K-12 schools, are you ready for more money? There’s more money on the way. So far, we here in Mississippi are spending funds from the (1) CARES Act (ESSER I) passed in March 2020 and are currently (2) completing applications for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental

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Comprehensive Needs Assessment Part II

This is the time of year Federal Program Directors are beginning the planning process for FY22. In my last post, I talked about conducting surveys of all stakeholders to not only garner input for planning but to evaluate the prior year’s plan implementation. Once you have obtained the feedback from the surveys, the planning process

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Comprehensive Needs Assessment I

It’s time for LEAs to start planning for use of federal funds for the FY22 school year.  This is a time to look ahead and project how we will spend our federal dollars based on the LEA’s needs.  It’s a time of gathering data to enable an efficient review of the current year and prior

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NEW COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE IMPACT ON K-12 SCHOOLS

Happy New Year!  May 2021 bring an end to Covid-19 quickly! As we wait for Covid-19 to end, it looks like the Covid-19 Relief bill signed by President Trump will give K-12 schools more ESSER funds.  According to FutureED, the new relief package will provide 54.3 billion dollars to K-12 schools.  The earlier CARES Relief bill

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