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Des Moines Schools Receive $3 Million Grant

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines School District is getting a $3 million grant designed to improve the effectiveness of principal supervisors.

The money is coming from the Wallace Foundation and will be used to help decrease the number of principals each supervisor is in charge of and also help provide more direct support for principals.

Currently, there are four principal supervisors in the district with each overseeing about 16 principals.

“The funding from the Wallace Foundation will help us ensure that every district administrator is actively contributing to student results in a systematic way while at the same time growing our own pool of leadership talent,” says Superintendent Tom Ahart.

An independent evaluation will be done to determine the effectiveness of changes made with the grant money.


  • William Denison

    What a complete scam. LOL This money needs to be tracked and reported on in the future. How about these people just do the job they were hired to do? If they can’t or won’t be effective on the job they need replaced, not a rise.

  • Jennifer Davis

    DMPS is so top heavy with administration it is going to fall over. One person can’t supervise 16 adults, yet teachers are expected to supervise and teach 30+ students. What a joke.

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