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Grant Is Sought For School Aides

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Approval to submit a proposaI for a federal grant which would train six teacher aides for Mack Elementary School was give last night by the Ann Arbor Board of Education. The decisión to apply for the grant is in line with a recommendation of the elementary school principáis that more use of teacher aides in the Ann Arbor Public Schools be explored leacher aides are non-certifi cated personnel. They are as signed to non-instructional ser vices as well as instructiona services while under the direc supervisión of a certificatec teacher. Presently, teacher aides are provided for Ann Arbor's preschool program and in the kindergartens at Bach and Mack schools. If the grant is approved, the schools propose to recruit six residents in June from the Mack and or Jones school attendance areas. The trainees would undergo an intensive training program during the summer. The general purpose of the training program, according to school officials, is to prepare trainees to "improve the quality and effectiveness of the program at Mack School by helping certificated Mack teachers to increase their effectiveness." The federal grant, under the Educational Professions Development Act, is awarded on a competitive basis. Examples of the duties performed by teacher aides are: - Collecting and distributing books and materials. - Assisting children with outer clothing and boots. -Assisting the teacher on ield trips. - Working with individual students as directed by the teacher. Even if the grant is not aproved for Mack School, the chool district intends to beginl sing more aides very soon atl arious schools on an experi-l mental basis, according to Dr.l am M. Sniderman, assistantj uperintendent of instruction. Two sides have already beenl equested, for example, at King Slementary School to assist two kindergarten teachers there.l niderman said he expects thatl equest to be granted. I