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DR. VICKI KIBODEAUX

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.

Updates on Title IV Funding

The latest update from Betsy DeVos gives districts great latitude with Title IV funding. Note the waivers that will be available in the bullets. Of course, MDE must request a waiver for all of this, but I’m sure they will do so. However, to date no one has heard from MDE Office of Federal Programs

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MDE Federal Programs Office Information

The MDE Federal Programs Office keeps saying they will be putting out a timeline shortly regarding planning and other FP guidelines. Until then, I guess we will just be in a holding pattern. In the meantime, periodically check the MDE website COVID-19 message and click on Federal Programs for any information they have put out.

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Services for EL, Homeless, and Foster Students

There was a question about providing services to EL, homeless, and foster students. The only guidance I have found so far has to do with making sure the students’ civil rights are protected. This is what was stated about EL. “Effective Communication and Language Assistance: When school officials provide information to students, parents, and the

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Questions about Federal Funds During COVID-19

Since we don’t know how long this COVID-19 social distancing may last, many are thinking we won’t go back to school this year. That raises a lot of questions about federal funds and grant requirements. A few of my questions were Can we pay federally funded personnel for not coming to work as we are

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Quarantine Stories

Hi Friends! How are you doing in the midst of this COVID-19 quarantine? Let’s support one another here. Check in and tell us what you are doing these days. I’ll start… I’m homeschooling two children, my 3rd grade grandson and 5th grade daughter of my son’s fiancee. Today was our first day, and it went

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MDE Monitoring Visits

Forrest County and Petal have completed their monitoring visits with MDE. It really wasn’t too bad. We had visits from a team of 4 people who stayed for 2 days. The teams were very professional and polite. They asked for evidence if they didn’t see what they were looking for and allowed us to provide

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Comprehensive Needs Assessment Surveys

Has everyone begun running their comprehensive needs assessment surveys? This is a great time to add questions for Title IV and Homeless; you can knock out those requirements at the same time. Any suggestions for getting more parent responses to the surveys?

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Deadline Extended for FY20

So…. MDE extended the deadline for FY20 plans. It all seems to hinge around the revised allocation amounts. MDE appears to be having a hard time getting the correct reallocation amount back in the funding page after making adjustments for December draws. How are you handling this?

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