Community Schools Sponsor Update

Community Schools Sponsor Update

Sponsor Expenditure Reports Due August 15th; Updated Significant Expansion Guidance Now Available


Dear Sponsors, 

The Office of Community Schools is sending this reminder that Sponsor Expenditure Reports are due by Aug. 15. The submission type has been assigned in Epicenter. If you have questions, please contact your Office of Community Schools’ consultant for assistance. 

Additionally, the Department updated the guidance for Significant Expansion for the 2018-2019 school year. Based upon feedback from the field, the Department updated the definition in two key areas:

  1. Removed the exclusion of community schools that add one grade level as part of natural progression (for example, the school is contracted for K-5, however, only has K-1 in the first year, adds grade 2 in the second year, adds grade 3 in the third year);
  2. Removed the requirement to show growth that is one standard deviation above the average growth for community schools in the prior year. 
The updated Significant Expansion form can be found here. 
We hope these changes allow more community schools to submit forms to be considered for Significant Expansion. If you have questions, please contact or send me an email directly. 


Karl J. Koenig
Office of Community Schools