Departments
Grants & Federal Programs

501 Manhattan Blvd.
Harvey, LA 70058

504-349-8931

About Us

The grants and federal programs department within the finance unit is responsible for sound financial planning and management of public and non-public schools in Jefferson Parish who receive federal funds. This department is responsible for interfacing with principals, program administrators, school contacts, account clerks, and others to assist with the preparation of Title I, Title II, Title III, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL), School Improvement Grant (SIG), and other auxiliary grant budgets, and input into the eGrant system for electronic transmittal to the state and/or federal government.

The grants and federal programs department is responsible for ensuring that budgets and accounting records are in compliance with federal statutes and regulations, state laws, BESE rules and regulations, JPPSS policies and procedures, and relevant contractual obligations. This department also coordinates with other units and departments to review operating budgets, expenditures, and reimbursements and ensures that accounting records on these items are correct by exercising proper financial controls.

Programs & Services

The grants and federal programs department is responsible for the services related to the financial aspects of federal and auxiliary grants.

Title I

The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the largest federal assistance program to our nation’s schools. ESEA was first established in 1965, and the most recent reauthorization in 2001 was titled “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB). NCLB is built on four components: accountability for results, an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research, expanded parental options, and expanded local control and flexibility.

Title I, Part A is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments. Title I focuses on promoting school-wide reform in high-poverty schools and ensuring students’ access to scientifically-based instructional strategies and challenging academic content.

Title II

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. School districts have the flexibility to use Title IIA funds creatively to address the challenges of teacher and principal quality. Example uses include teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, and retention. In addition, Title IIA funds may be used to improve the skills and knowledge of principals for effective school leadership.

Title III

The purpose of Title III is to ensure that limited English proficient students develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. Schools must use these funds to implement language instruction educational programs that carry out activities that use approaches based on scientific research. The district is responsible for meeting annual measurable achievement objectives established for LEP students, making adequate yearly progress, and annually measuring the English proficiency of LEP students in the district. The plan for addressing the needs of LEP students should be developed in consultation with teachers, researchers, administrators, and parents.

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youths with disabilities. It is designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities by ensuring that everyone receives a free appropriate public education regardless of ability. Furthermore, IDEA strives not only to grant equal access to students with disabilities, but also to provide additional special education services and procedural safeguards.

Special education services are individualized to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities and are provided in the least restrictive environment. Special education may include individual or small group instruction, curriculum, or teaching modifications, assistive technology, transition services, and other specialized services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. These services are provided in accordance with an Individualized Education Program which is specifically tailored to the unique needs of each student.

Contact Us

Name Title Email
Bourgeois, Josephine Title I Clerk josephine.bourgeois@jppss.k12.la.us
Brackman, Fran Title I and IDEA Budget Analyst fran.brackman@jppss.k12.la.us
Francois, Jaime Title I Clerk jaime.francois@jppss.k12.la.us
Gautreau, Lisa Executive Director of Grants and Federal Programs lisa.gautreau@jppss.k12.la.us
Hemstad, Sharon Title I and IDEA Budget Analyst sharon.hemstead@jppss.k12.la.us
Henry, Keitha Title I and IDEA Budget Analyst keitha.henry@jppss.k12.la.us
Melancon, Mary Louise Director of Federal Compliance marylouise.melancon@jppss.k12.la.us
Molbert, Susan Grants Specialist susan.molbert@jppss.k12.la.us
Pockell, Myrna 21st Century Grants Manager
Prejean, Jeannine Grants Specialist jeannine.prejean@jppss.k12.la.us
Rodrigue, Kristin Auxiliary Grants Specialist kristin.rodrigue@jppss.k12.la.us