The Hidden Expenses of Grants

With more than three decades of experience in education, Michael Kuzniewski, EDD, leads J.S. Morton High School District 201 as superintendent. Dr. Michael Kuzniewski recently wrote an article entitled “All That Glitters Is Not Gold” for Update, a magazine published by the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, which discusses the hidden expenses of grants.

When applying for and using grant funds, educational institutions should consider the following expenditures to determine the grants’ real value.

Preparation costs: Schools may not be able to afford full-time grant writers, which then requires staff members to research, plan, and write the applications. This takes employees away from fulfilling their primary job functions. Ultimately, a school is paying an employee to perform a different job function without any assurance that the grant will be approved, and other areas of operations may suffer from lack of attention.

Management expenses: Educational institutions often overlook the necessity of grant management. As a result, administrators and clerical support personnel tend to take on that responsibility. Despite being overburdened, these individuals may require a stipend to complete the task.

Evaluation and reporting fees: Many grantors require grantees to list goals they have accomplished. Hiring an evaluator to collect the data and write the report is an additional expense, and it is not uncommon for institutions to lack budget.


Budget Achievements at J.S. Morton High School District 201

Michael Kuzniewski, EDD, the superintendent of J.S. Morton High School District 201, oversees professional development and facilities planning. In addition, Dr. Michael Kuzniewski is tasked with budget management.

J.S. Morton High School District 201 has enhanced its educational resources and opportunities over the past six years. This is due in large part to creating balanced budgets that eliminate unnecessary expenditures, while leveraging grant resources, such as the School Maintenance Grant and Energy Efficient Grant, to make improvements.

During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the school district bought new computers, including laptops, upgraded its wireless systems to give students greater access to various online tools and technologies, and renovated Hoffman Stadium. Properly budgeted dollars also expanded its advanced placement (AP) program. Through open enrollment, the school district ensures that all students have a chance to challenge themselves and establish a sound future in academia. In fact, 23 percent of students in the class of 2014 scored 3+ on at least one AP exam. This was 3 percent higher than the national average.

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J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 – Free Microsoft Office

With more than 25 years of experience in educational leadership, Dr. Michael Kuzniewski currently serves as the superintendent for J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Illinois. Dr. Michael Kuzniewski leads the district’s efforts on strategic planning, budget management, and student success.

The Board of Education at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 recently announced that it will offer Microsoft Office to all freshman, sophomore, and junior students to advance its objective of providing students with improved learning opportunities. By giving students free access to this costly software package, the district will facilitate the success of its students regardless of their family’s financial resources.

Students will now be able to use their own devices to compose papers in Word, craft presentations in PowerPoint, take notes in OneNote, and create spreadsheets in Excel. Using their school credentials, students can install Microsoft Office on as many as five compatible Macs and PCs, as well as five tablets. J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 explains that the Office subscription will be valid throughout the student’s enrollment and the program’s existence.