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Notice of Public Comment Opportunity for ESSA/Title 1 Federal Funds


Public Notice for Applying for the ESSA Federal Grant Funding for Independent School Districts

Crandall ISD is submitting an application for the following fund and general grants as follows:

Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs - Award Amount: $459,768
Title I, Part A - Intent and Purpose: Title I Part A, provides supplemental resources to LEA’s to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families, provide high-quality education that will enable all children to meet the challenging state academic standards.

CISD intended use of Funds: Salaries; Address Needs of Homeless Students; Professional/Contracted Services; At Risk Support; Curricular Resources; Professional Development; RLA Interventions; Student Social Emotional Programs to improve academic achievement; Supplemental Curricular Materials

Title II, Part A –Supporting Effective Instruction- Award Amount: $126,413
Title II, Part A - Intent and Purpose: The intent and purpose of the Title II, Part A, program is to provide resources to LEAs to do the following:

● Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging state academic standards

● Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders

● Increase the number of teachers, principals and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools

● Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders

● Support educators in their work to improve the overall quality of instruction and ensure equity of educational opportunity for all students.

CISD intended use of Funds: Salaries; Professional Development and growth

Title III, Part A — English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act: $111,544
Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

CISD intended use of Funds: Salaries; Professional/Contracted Services; Professional Development; Supplies and Materials for General Program Implementation; Parent Family Engagement; Resources to support student achievement with the implementation of LIEPs

Title IV, Student Support & Academic Enrichment - Part A Award Amount: $30,864
Title IV, Part A - Intent and Purpose: Title IV, Part A Subpart I, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students by increasing the capacity of LEAs, schools, and communities to:

● Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education

● Improve school conditions for student learning (safe and healthy students)

● Improve the use of technology in order to enhance academic outcomes and digital literacy of students

CISD intended use of Funds: Contracted Services; School Character Education Programming, AP Training, Camp Invention-Advanced Academics; Supplies and Materials; Advanced Academic resources for well-rounded programming; Technology Resources: software, not infrastructure

For more information or comment, please contact the District ESSA contact prior to July 15th, 2024

District Contact: Dr. Charlene Goss
Phone Number: 972-427-6000

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Charles Butt Foundation Selects Paige Cherry from Crandall ISD for Harvard Institute



Tessa Benavides-Cooper
(210) 445-3965




– Cohort includes 30 school leaders from across Texas 


AUSTIN, TX (May 30, 2024) – The Charles Butt Foundation, a non-profit pursuing a more equitable and prosperous future for all Texans through education and community partnerships, has selected Paige Cherry as one of 30 principals from traditional and charter school districts across Texas to attend a weeklong summer institute at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

With this new cohort, the Charles Butt Foundation will have supported more than 1,600 educators to attend training at Harvard through the Raising School Leaders program, an initiative designed to develop stronger school leaders who will enhance the quality of education across Texas. The Charles Butt Foundation covers expenses for the attendees including tuition, travel, hotel, and other discretionary costs for a total investment of more than $10 million since the program’s inception.

The Raising School Leaders program is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower school leaders to bring lasting impact to their campuses and communities, the entire state of Texas, and beyond. Attendees will participate in a weeklong leadership development institute led by Harvard faculty and other national and international experts. Following the Harvard institute, attendees remain a part of the program’s statewide network of school leaders, work together to create change at the campus and district levels, and receive continuous support and professional development.

“Great teachers, along with strong school and district leaders, represent the most significant influencers of academic achievement and supportive culture,” said Tim Miller, Director of Leadership Development at the Charles Butt Foundation. “Our alumni report that their Harvard experience is the best professional development they have ever experienced and that they return to their campuses energized, inspired, and empowered to make meaningful change that benefits all students.”

For this year’s Raising School Leaders cohort, preference was given to school leaders from districts that are considered rural or had a student enrollment of less than 5,500. “As demographics shift in Texas, we recognize that the needs of schools in rural and smaller districts are unique. Creating a space for school leaders in rural and smaller districts to find commonalities, problem solve, and build a network of support is an important component of this year’s Raising School Leaders program,” added Miller.

A list of all cohort members from across Texas can be found at

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Crandall ISD to Honor the School Lunch Heroes Serving Healthy Meals in our Schools

Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day on May 3, 2024

Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Crandall ISD nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Crandall ISD schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 3. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.

Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.  The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.  

Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at To learn more about the school nutrition program for [district], visit [nutrition program website].

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 50,000 school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit


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Crocheting, learning, and giving back – it's a beautiful journey of skill-building and empathy!

Last week, some of our 8th-grade young men went on a mission to create something very unique through the creation of adorable baby hats for preemies and discovering a whole new side to themselves, thanks to the assistance of Tatiana Tyson, a Heartland Community Member, and Community in Schools, and our 8th-grade counselor, Mrs. Adams. 

In addition to teaching these young men the craft of crocheting, Mrs. Tyson is giving her time to teach them about the long-lasting positive effects one person can have on families as they start their journey in the NICU. Mrs. Tyson talked about how much it meant to her and her family to receive handmade hats for her children based on her experience.

CMS Community in Schools Coordinator, Mrs. Westlake, has played a pivotal role in this project. She personally delivered the materials and shared her knowledge with our students. Her collaboration with her company ensured that all the supplies required for this unique experience were secured. Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Westlake are hopeful that our children will be able to personally deliver these masterpieces to a local hospital and witness firsthand the positive impact that kindness can have on people's lives.

Crocheting, learning, and giving back – it's a beautiful journey of skill-building and empathy! 🧶❤️

Great job, Crandall Middle School!

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Crandall ISD Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support

Crandall ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Crandall ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school but also to attend college as well. In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound: young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Crandall ISD is incredibly proud and deeply honored to receive this award. This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional music education opportunities for our students. We believe in the transformative power of music, and this award reaffirms our dedication to fostering creativity, passion, and excellence in every child.

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

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