Parents concerned about students having enough physical activity at school will no doubt be happy to hear the news received today in a press release from the Medford School District:
This past week the Oregon Department announced the successful recipients of the 2013-14 Physical Education Expansion K-8 (PEEK-8) Teacher Hire and Professional Development Grants. These grants were established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature. During the 2013 Legislative Session, additional grant allocations were approved for the 2013-14 school year along with funding from Oregon’s Tobacco Settlement Funds.
Ten Medford elementary schools join a total of 58 schools to receive Physical Education Expansion K-8 Grants; 11 schools will receive professional development support and 47 will hire a physical education teacher to provide direct instruction to students.
The grants are designed to support activities related to meeting the physical education instructional requirements for students in kindergarten through grade 8 as described in OAR 581-020-0250. These funds are critical to support active, healthy life skills for all K-8 students in Oregon schools.
Schools who have free/reduced meal rates of more than 40% were encouraged to apply. The ten Medford elementary schools that met this qualifying standard received awards totaling $500,000. The grants pay the salary costs for licensed elementary physical education teachers. The districts contribute the benefits portion of the total compensation.
The district will present information to the school board at its September 16 regular school board meeting concerning the grant award along with a recommendation to expand the scope of the new elementary PE program to all fourteen Medford elementary schools during the current school year.
Other award-winning districts include the following:
Baker School District 5J Bend-LaPine School District Bethel School District
Black Butte School District Elgin School District #23 Elkton Charter School
Eugene School District Greater Albany Public Schools
Lincoln County School District Medford School District #549C
Myrtle Point School District North Powder School District 8J
North Santiam School District Portland Public Schools
Redmond School District Reynolds School District
Sheridan School District Silver Falls School District
Springfield Public Schools Tillamook School District #9
Warrenton-Hammond School District