Using Federal Grants to Hire Staff: Tips for K-12 Districts

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Upcoming webinar

april | 13 | 2022

Using Federal Grants to Hire Staff: Tips for K-12 Districts

Moderated by Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Editor



2:00 p.m. ET | 11:00 a.m. PT

Hiring additional reading and math coaches, counselors, school psychologists, tutors, and other support staff is a key strategy to meet students’ academic and social-emotional learning needs. However, when school systems use federal funds for personnel expenditures, they must have a plan in place to track and report the time and effort that employees devote to grant-funded activities – a complex and difficult process that is essential to comply with federal compliance rules. If school systems fail to do this properly, they could lose some of the grants they have received or lose future funding.

This webinar will take a closer look at the documentation required of school systems that use federal funding for labor-related expenses and reveal key strategies for completing this process.

Join us to learn:

  • Essential Guidelines for Hiring Staff Using Federal Funding
  • Best Practices for Tracking Grant-Funded Activities
  • Essential Steps to Meet Federal Funding Compliance Rules

Kecia Ray, Ed.D and Janet Hagood of Jefferson County Schools join UKG’s Rob Tibbs for this lively panel discussion.

Meet your speakers

Kecia Ray, Ed.D.

Kecia is a strategic thinker and recognized leader in K12 transformation. His career includes designing technology at the First Art Museum and directing technology research for science outreach programs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She was appointed as a Redress Officer by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and has established award-winning instructional technology programs recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University in this role. Ray was named a “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, one of the Top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning, recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen and most recently named Top 100 EdTech Influencers by EdTech Digest.


Janet Hagood

Janet Hagood
Jefferson County Schools

Janet has worked for the Jefferson County school system for over 32 years in a variety of roles, from teacher to administrator. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education, then attended Samford University to receive master’s and education specialist degrees in educational leadership.

Janet’s career has focused on helping those in need by breaking down barriers and providing resources to increase opportunities for students. She is currently the Director of Federal Programs for the Jefferson County School System, the second largest district in Alabama, serving more than 35,000 students. As Director, she manages over $130,000,000 in grants, including Title I, II, III, IV, McKinney‐Vento, Pre‐K, and all stimulus funds.

She was president of the Alabama Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (AAFEPA) from November 2018 to November 2021. Janet is married and has two sons. She enjoys traveling and watching college football.


Rob Tibbs
Industry Consultant K -12 in UKG Public Sector Practice

Rob is a K-12 industry consultant in the UKG public sector practice and provides subject matter expertise to the firm’s growing K-12 clientele. Leveraging his strong background in education, he works with school districts to help them get the most out of their Kronos solutions. He is a regular thought leadership contributor to several publications. Prior to joining UKG, Rob was Director of Payroll for the Jefferson County School District, the second largest school district in Alabama with 6,000 full and part-time employees, including substitutes.


Moderator – Kevin Hogan
eSchool News, Editor-in-Chief

Kevin is a forward-thinking media executive with over 25 years of experience building brands and audiences online, in print and face-to-face. He is an acclaimed writer, editor, and commentator covering the intersection of society and technology, especially education technology.

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