Year 1 is designated as a planning year, therefore no incentives can be distributed; however, the professional learning activities have begun. We will begin full implementation of LCPS “TIF” program to include incentives for the 2012 fiscal year in April 2011 with the voluntary 10 day open enrollment period.
Classified employees who meet the criteria established are eligible for 1 opportunity to receive an incentive. Certified employees have two opportunities to receive an incentive: classroom level award and school-wide award.
Retirees, as well as, staff members who are still employed with the Lowndes County Public School district on Institute Day are eligible to receive an incentive award based on their assignment during the enrollment year.
One of the goals of the Techer Incentive fund is to recruit and retain highly effective teachers. The incentive awards are distributed in the year the employee will replicate the strategies. Therefore, if you resign prior to the distribution of the incentive award you will not be eligible to receive an award.
The goal of the Teacher Incentive Fund is to recruit and retain effective teachers. The school district will recoup a pro-rated amount of the award commensurate with the fulfillment of your contractural obligations for the 2012-2013 school year.
The grant period is for five years, but year one has been established as a planning year. Since the first year is a planning year we are unable to pay any incentives during that time. The actual incentives will begin in year two and extend through year five. At this time we have only been awarded money to cover our budget for years one, two and part of year three. Based on our progress toward our objectives and proof we are following our program as it was presented in the grant, we will be awarded the remainder of year three. The last two years will be determined by congressional action. We will, however, be working to secure funding to not only support and expand the program during the life of the grant, but also to continue the program once the grant period is over.
We can reapply for this grant, but preference is given to first time applicants. The TIF organization stresses that grant recipients should be able to secure funding to continue their programs once the grant period ends.