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OPS Athletic Director Informs Board of Exciting PEP Grant Opportunity for Whole School

By Betty Anderson

Okmulgee School District Superintendent-Elect Renee Dove informed the Okmulgee Board of Education that there is another great happening in Okmulgee and introduced Brad Ferguson, the new FY 17 Athletic Director and Middle School Principal to tell the board about a PEP FEDERAL GRANT.

The Carol M. White Physical Education program (PEP) is for schools and community based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve high-quality physical education programs.

Ferguson told the board that the PEP Grant is for the whole school community K-12. He recommended to the board to consider working with Sandra Dunning from Grants & Evaluation Consulting, LLC, to write the grant.

Dunning is a 1977 graduate of Okmulgee High School. Ferguson said, “She has been patiently waiting to write a grant for Okmulgee School District.” She has written 13 PEP Grant Applications and has been award 11 of 13. She has received awards from 200,000.00 to 1,000,000.00 in grant money. He informed the board that the application deadline is May 20th. The awards will be announced July 21st and August will start the first year of the grant.

Ferguson said, “She is very confident with the initial State Department numbers and that it looks really good with the information she can input into writing the grant.”

Superintendent Williams asked if there would be a fee for her services. Ferguson replied, “She is not paid, she doesn’t make a dime unless we receive the grant.” Discussion was had that the fee will be approximately 6%.

Superintendent Williams, Superintendent-Elect Dove and Brad Ferguson had an initial meeting with Dunning.
The board then voted to approve the contract with Sandra Dunning (Grants & Evaluation Consulting, LLC) as the grant writer for the PEP grant.

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