Middle school teacher awarded a $5,000 scholarship from SNC to continue researching an action plan

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Depoali Middle School teacher Freeman Holbrook was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Sierra Nevada College to continue researching an action plan for implementing site-based spending (SBS) in Washoe County.

SBS enables school site leaders and administrators to take responsibility for making decisions about how their own school funding should be used, rather than adhering to decisions made by individuals. It provides more opportunity for parents and the community to become involved in decision-making at individual schools. Under an SBS plan, community partners create a direct line of accountability by contributing needed funds, services, and goods directly to schools. Those partners may also see immediate change as a result of their donations, which creates a greater sense of cooperation and understanding between the community, parents, and school staff.

The award Holbrook received will allow him to perform more research in Chicago—whose school district uses an SBS plan—and then take a closer look at how such a plan could be implemented in the Washoe
County School District.

“I am extremely honored to receive the scholarship and excited to move forward with the program,” Holbrook said. He teaches seventh-grade social studies at Depoali Middle School.

“Freedom creates accountability,” Holbrook wrote in his award-winning plan. “If goals and objectives are—or are not—met, it is directly tied to the leadership who are implementing the individualized site-based spending at each school.”

“Mr. Holbrook’s action plan will make a positive impact for the educational courship and educational sustainability at Sierra Nevada College.”