Coffee County Middle School receives $148K

The Coffee County Middle School has received a $148.549 state grant.

The Middle School was awarded an ATSI (Additional Targeted Support and Improvement) grant,” said Director of Coffee County Schools Charles Lawson during the Oct. 14 meeting of the school board.

“ATSI is based upon needs that are determined by state testing,” Lawson said.

“We can provide the middle school students some additional services that would not have been possible without that grant,” Lawson said.

School officials are working to develop a plan to best unitize the funds, he added.

Part of the grant will likely be used for additional training and reading specialists.

“A large portion will be going for professional development for our teachers,” said Director of Finance for Coffee County Schools Lisa Myers. “We just learned about receiving the grant earlier this month.”


What is an ATSI School?

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law requires states to identify schools with the lowest performance across student groups using 2017-2018 data.

ATSI schools are schools with the lowest performance of one or more student subgroups, that is, students who are African American, Hispanic or Native American; economically disadvantaged; English learners; or students with disabilities, according to

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