State and Federal Programs

August 2017

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!


We began the year with the theme...Do YOU believe in me? and the renewed sense of urgency in our Blueprint for Acceleration systems development. This level of urgency means we can no longer accept the failure of any student and that we no longer rationalize that failure based on family background, economic status, disability, level of parental support, or any other condition that districts may have used in the past to downplay the failure of the school system to educate the children placed in our care by parents/guardians who trust us.



Our department is designed to support the Blueprint for Acceleration system, which will focus on Instructional Infrastructure and Student Support Network by concentrating on Grants/Compliance, School Improvement, Curriculum and Data/Assessment.

Grants/Compliance

Penny Kentish McWilliams, Director of State and Federal Programs

desk 591-9276

cell (810) 691-0479


Kathy Baker, Assistant

desk 591-9247

Works M-F, 9:00-2:00


Our office is located in the unit outside of the High School, next to the Health Clinic.


Supports the district and schools in creating budgets that strategically allocate resources and adhere to regulations.


  • Consolidated application development
  • Time and effort documentation
  • Allowable use of Federal and State grant funds to include Title 1, Title IIA, 31A, Section 107, FIRST Robotics, Early Head Start
  • Allowable use of Summer Youth Initiative grant funds

School Improvement

Penny Kentish McWilliams,

Interim Assistant Superintendent, Director of State and Federal Programs

desk 591-9276

cell (810)691-0479


Supports the district and schools with Instructional Infrastructure development and implementation


  • Monitor District Improvement, School Improvement and Transformation Plan implementation
  • Serve as liaison between district and schools
  • Monitor completion of District/School Program Evaluation Tool
  • Assists with implementation of Strategic Plan
  • District Representative of MI Excel Service Plan for Beecher High School

English Second Other Language

Penny Kentish McWilliams, Director of State and Federal Programs

desk 591-9276

cell (810)691-0479



The Director of State and Federal Programs is also the district's Point of Contact regarding students identified as English Second Other Language (ESOL).


In addition we have Instructional Facilitator support from the Genesee ISD.


  • Karen Ericksson-Diaz is our District Liaison and provides support for our students and teachers in grades 6-12.
  • Ana Rouse is a Tutor for our students in grades K-5.

Students in Transition - McKinney Vento Homeless

Penny Kentish McWilliams, Director of State and Federal Programs

desk 591-9276

cell (810)691-0479


The Director of State and Federal Programs is also the district Liaison regarding Students in Transition - McKinney Vento Homeless.


The word homeless typically does not bring to mind images of children and youth, but reality is many homeless people are under the age of 18. If you know of a child who is experiencing a temporary or inadequate living situation due to loss of housing, please contact the building social worker for information of educational rights and services.


  • Beecher High School - Andrea Aurino (810)591-9250
  • Dailey Elementary School - Debra Ware (810) 591-9311

Technology

Penny Kentish McWilliams,

Interim Assistant Superintendent, Director of State and Federal Programs

desk 591-9276

cell (810)691-0479


Technology Director is another role that the Director of State and Federal Programs holds. I work with several key individuals to ensure our staff have the tools they need to empower students to be successful academically.


Building Point of Contacts can help you with technology issues you may be experiencing in your classroom and will update the school website pages.


  • Beecher High School - Francisco Espinoza
  • Dailey Elementary - Robert Howard will manage website and Google
  • Dailey Elementary - Norma LaFave will handle Synergy, technology, software
  • Early Head Start - Jennifer Rimer
  • Adult Education - Mark Foster
  • Central Office - Terrie Seltzer



Greg Stawick, is our Genesee ISD Shared Technical Services PC Tech

He will be happy to assist you with ensuring your technology tools are working efficiently. Keep in mind a "ticket" must be submitted by the building POC if they are unable to assist you first.



Open Opportunity - Illuminate Point of Contact

Please notify Penny if you are interested in being the contact for GISD and sharing information with the district staff on Illuminate.



Currently the website is undergoing rapid design and building efforts. As the school year continues, we hope to have a site to maximize your ability to quickly find the information you need. If you have suggestions and/or find areas that need to be updated please let myself or your building POC know.

In Every Issue

Grant Budget Balances:

All grant funds must be spent within the time frame defined by their associated funding sources. With the exception of Summer School, all Title 1 and Title IIa funding must be spent by June 30, 2018.


We will meet with building administrators on a monthly basis to ensure everyone is on track and in compliance with spending mandates.

Department Website Information:

Please visit our website at the Departments tab on Beecher Community School District's main page.


Currently this site is undergoing rapid design and building efforts. As the school year continues, we hope to have a site to maximize your ability to quickly find the information you need.

Section 31a

Section 31a funding is designed to support at-risk students, however, in order to qualify for this funding, students must meet certain criteria and the services they receive must be logged.


Please ensure families complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application form each fall.

Personnel Activity Reports (PARs):

This documentation is required for all staff members that are split funded with at least one of the funding sources being a federal grant. If the district fails to collect 100% of this documentation, we risk having to reimburse the U.S. Department of Education with our own general funds. Please complete your PARs as directed and in a timely manner so we can continue to support critical staff and the services they provide.