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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.


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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Revisions to Title Plans

About now, many districts are looking at making revisions to their  FY19, FY20, or even FY21 plans.  In addition, Title reallocations should be released soon.  Revisions can be cumbersome and time consuming.  I would like to share with you some hints I’ve discovered over the years that help me complete my revisions and help with

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ESSERF Equitable Services Update #2

As I’m sure you are now aware, a summary judgment was issued against the ESSERF Interim Rule which resulted in it being thrown out by the courts.  ESSERF is now to be allocated in the same manner as for equitable services for Title I schools.  If this has caused problems for you like it has

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Schoolwide Plans FY21

It’s time to update our Title I Schoolwide Plans.  Since our plans are a three-year plan, the schools do not have to update all of the plan. Schools only have to revise the sections in MCAPS that have changed.  In addition, since standardized tests were not given in the spring, we don’t have test scores,

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Parent and Family Engagement During Covid-19

It’s September, and we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Some schools are back in traditional settings, some are in virtual, and some are in hybrid mode.  Some schools have delayed opening.  It is certainly strange times, isn’t it?  As a  superintendent friend of mine has said, the word for the year

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ESSER Equitable Services Update

In my previous post, I made note of the limitations on spending funds based on Betsy DeVos’s ruling.  It looks like the  limitations I noted are now inaccurate due to a new interim rule.  From the recent email from MDE and from additional reading I have done on the topic, it looks like if all

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ESSERF and Equitable Services

I’m sure most of you are aware that MDE chose to allocate equitable services based on poverty as opposed to private school student enrollment, as guidance from the US Department of Education detailed.  There has been much disagreement on Capitol Hill with DeVos’s interpretation of the Act.  Members from both sides of the aisle in

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Don’t Forget About Maintenance of Effort

As we approach the CARES ESSER funding period, along with one year extensions for spending FY19 and FY20 monies, and with FY21 carryover requirements waived, districts may find themselves with what is perceived to be extra funds.  The temptation may be to use schoolwide federal dollars to pay for personnel previously funded by district dollars.

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FY21 CFPA Completion Hints

As you are aware, the FY21 CFPA is due June 19th.  Most of us submit and wait for MDE to return the plan to us for correction.  As a means of reducing the chance of plans being returned, let me suggest a few hints. If you have any amount of money left on the PPA

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