Federal Programs

Information For All Employees

The following power point presentation was presented to all employees during the staff orientation held on August 3, 2017. Click on the button to view the pdf: 


Monthly Meeting Schedule

The Department of Federal/State/Local Programs oversees the implementation of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law December 10, 2015 by President Barack Obama, and will be replacing No Child Left Behind and the waiver system.

ESSA is the national education law that reinforces the longstanding commitment to ensuring equal opportunity for all students. The ESSA provides New Mexico with a long-term stability that holds states, local school systems and schools accountable for results while encouraging them to be innovative in their work. New Mexico is well-positioned to transition to meet the law's new expectations. Under the new law, New Mexico will continue to focus on many of the same areas including efforts to build upon our student-focused accountability system and provide our educators with the support and training they need. This department assists the district and other eligible entities to:

  • Apply for competitive and formula-based grants

  • Comply with grant terms and conditions

  • Achieve the maximum benefit from the grant investments


Listed below is information about the various grants utilized by ZPSD. Below is a link to information regarding parent involvement and other resources provided through New Mexico Department of Public Education: 

Parent Resources: New Mexico Public Education Department

Elementary Fine Arts (FAFE - Fine Arts Education Act)

The Elementary Fine Arts Program is a state-funded program for students in grades Kindergarten through sixth. It was enacted to provide funding to encourage school districts to offer opportunities for elementary school students to participate in arts education, including visual arts, music, theater, and dance.


This is based on the understanding that arts programs encourage cognitive and affective development by:


  • focusing on a variety of learning styles and engaging students who might otherwise fail

  • training students in complex thinking and learning

  • helping students devise creative solutions for problems

  • providing students with new challenges

  • teaching students how to work cooperatively with others and to understand and value diverse cultures

Grant Money

For the 2017-2018 school year, the District was granted $159,992.00 which provides:

  • salaries for the two Art Teachers at Shiwi Ts’ana Elementary School

  • art supplies and musical instruments

  • Theater and Dance Club costumes and materials

  • Art and music related student assemblies or fieldtrips


Johnson O'Malley


The Zuni Public School District receives funding from the Bureau of Indian Education to operate programs for children aged three years through grade 12.


Program funds provide:

  • Educational Assistants' salaries at Shiwi Ts’ana and Zuni High School

  • student school supplies

  • travel and training for Parent Advisory Committee members

  • an annual Student Recognition Awards Banquet for the six schools in Zuni, including ZCRM and SAS nominated students

Grant Money
The District received $118,704.00 for the 2017-2018 school year.  Funds for this money are generated for this program through the number of Certificates of Indian Blood (C.I.B.) that the District collects from families.

This is a small but vital program for our students.  It is in danger of being eliminated by all the proposed Federal budget cuts over the upcoming years.




New Mexico PreK Program

The District was awarded $266,496.00 for the school year 2017-2018.  This program is a competitive grant and its purpose is to:

  • increase access to voluntary high-quality pre-kindergarten learning

  • provide developmentally appropriate activities for New Mexico children

  • expand early childhood community capacity

  • support linguistically and culturally appropriate curriculum

Grant Money

  • One full day program for 40 students

  • Two certified Teachers, and two Educational Assistants are funded by this grant

  • supplies and materials for student learning


Collaboration with the Zuni Tribal Head Start has been approved and funded as well, for shared professional development activities.



Rural & Low Income Schools

The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to rural districts to assist them in meeting the state's definition of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Districts do not compete, but rather are entitled to funds if they meet basic requirements.  Eligibility is restructed by statute.

Grant Money
This year Zuni Public Schools received $25,100.00 for school year 2017-2018. These funds were applied to areas such as Parental Involvement activities, Safe Drug Free activities, and Teacher Recruitment and Retention.  This is the year for adoption of new Math textbooks and part of the funding will be used to purchase the textbooks or consumable workbooks.
Titles I-VIII

Title I- Part A Improving Basic Programs

Title I is a federally funded program that provides funding for schools and school districts to assist with helping students meet the state standards, professional development to teachers to help students attain state standards, and numerous other activities that relate to student achievement.

Funds are also required to be set aside for Parental Involvement activities, after school tutoring, summer school, and intervention classes.  Funds are allocated to each eligible school site on a per pupil basis using the free and reduced lunch count at each site.  All five public schools and the two private schools in Zuni receive Title I funds. All four public schools and the two private schools in Zuni receive Title I funds.

A total allocation of $862,936.00 was received by ZPSD, and each site allocation ranged from $15,500.00 to $468,272.00 for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please ask for a copy of your child's school site Title I plan for specific information on how these funds are being spent at your child's school.

Title II- Part A Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund

Title II is a federally funded program that provides funding to school districts and schools to assist with teacher and assistants becoming highly qualified in the content area that they teach in.  This fund also provides money for staff travel and training that is tied to the school site or district level Educational Plan for Student Success (EPSS) and for recruiting and retaining staff.

All schools are eligible to receive funding through this grant; however, for the 2017-2018 school year, the majority of the funds are used for district wide Professional Development and training.  Funds have been allocated to the private schools in Zuni (ZCMS & SAS) and each school has a budget for their plan, if anyone would like to view it.


Title III- English Language Acquisition

This program is to provide language development services to English Language Learners (ELL) students at the rate of approximately $80 per eligible child.  These children are identified by the ACCESS test that is administered each year to students who either have not passed the test in previous years or to students who are new to the district.  The ACCESS test is a state-wide assessment used to determine the proficiency level of the students. 

Funds are allocated to the school sites on a per pupil basis.  These funds are used to purchase programs for the ELL students, instructional supplies and materials, literature, and technology.  A portion of the Title III funds are used for professional development and for staff who travel to training sessions that are out of the district.  This year Title III money was used to purchase materials for our programs to continue to teach ELL students the use of the English language.  This is to increase vocabulary, pronunciation, and usage of the English language.

State Bilingual Program
The funds generated through the State Bilingual Program are based on a formula dependent on the number of students in a 1 hour, 2 hour, or 3 hour program multiplied by a unit value as well as the T & E index.  Funds from the program are used to pay staff salaries and fringe benefits.  It is a goal of the district to offer Zuni Language classes at all school sites in all grade levels.  A Zuni Language proficiency test, the Shiwi'ma Bene:we Andehhalnanne (SBA), is administered to all students receiving Zuni Language instruction at the beginning of the year as a pre-test and then at the end of each school year as a post-test.


Title VII- Indian Education Program (will change to Title VI)

Title VII is designed to meet the unique educational needs and culturally related academic needs of the American Indian and Alaskan Native in grades K-12 so they can achieve at the same challenging state standards as all students.  The purpose of the program is to increase the number of Native American students successfully completing high school and pursuing high education.  The focus is on:


  • attendance

  • academic performance

  • ACT or SAT preparation and testing

  • career and/or college guidance including participation in enrichment and volunteer opportunities

Eligible students are those enrolled in a publicly funded school and must be enrolled or recognized by an Indian tribe, group, or band as defined by the Secretary of the Interior.  This is done by completion of the 506 form (Title VII Student Eligibility Certification).  Once the parent completes the form and submits it to the district, it is not necessary to complete another one as long as the student is enrolled in one of the schools in the district.  The district will receive funds for 2017-2018 in the amount of $248,198.00.

Grant Money
These funds are used to:


  • increase parental involvement in the child's education

  • provide opportunities for parental trainings

  • increase knowledge of parenting skills

  • direct involvement in planning program goals and activites

  • increase knowledge of district policies and procedures

  • provide networking with local organizations serving American Indian students and their families

  • provide input for the annual grant proposal to the Office of Indian Education during monthly parent meetings

  • provide approval of the grant proposal


Title VIII- Impact Aid- Indian Set Aside

Title VIII is a federally funded program that provides funds to districts in lieu of tax monies that cannot otherwise be generated by the local population due to students residing on federal land or whose parents work on military property.

Zuni Public School District receives approximately $1,309,582.00 for school year 2017-2018.  One of the requirements of this program is that Indian Policies and Procedures are formulated to ensure equal access for American Indian students to all programs and services provided by the district.  These policies must be implemented and reviewed annually, with input from parents and Tribal Officials.  The majority of this budget pays for salaries of employees in the district such as Educational Assistants, bookkeepers, secretarial assistants, district-wide technology staff, and the associated fringe benefits for these positions.

  SY 2017-2018 Indian Policies & Procedures

  SY 2017 - 2018 Indian Policies & Procedures (Powerpoint) 

Caroline Ukestine

Director of Federal Programs

Ms. Caroline Ukestine is the Director of State/Federal Programs for Zuni Public School District. Her responsibilities include “Management of all funding allocations and oversight of the district/supplemental state grant programs.


To promote the development of educational programs and services for all students using federal, state and local funds allocated to the district. 


Ms. Ukestine works closely with ZPSD’s Johnson O’Malley/Indian Education/Parent Advisory Committees (JOM/IEC/PAC) to increase parental involvement, and the ZPSD Bilingual Department to promote our Zuni traditions and use of our native language. Ms. Ukestine’s work also includes building effective relationships with the District Leadership Team, Zuni community, parents, students, and Tribal Government.

Prior to becoming the Director of Federal Programs, Ms. Ukestine started her educational career back in 1973 while working with St. Anthony Indian School as a library/classroom assistant, and the Zuni Head Start program in 1976, as an educational assistant for Early Childhood preschoolers.

Ms. Ukestine was hired by the school district in 1986 as a First Grade Educational Assistant at Dowa Yalanne Elementary School. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico, to become a Third Grade Teacher at Dowa Yalanne Elementary School. While working in the classroom, she pursued further coursework to earn her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western New Mexico University.


She became the Principal of Dowa Yalanne from 2004 – 2013, during the time that Dowa Yalanne Elementary School made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for 3 years.

Ms. Ukestine is a 1972 graduate of Zuni High School. She holds a valid NM Teacher License with Endorsements in both TESOL and Bilingual Education.


She currently serves as a founding member on the Board of Directors for ZYEP, a non-profit organization. Her lifelong dedication and commitment has always been for the “educational success” of our children. She is a proud mother/grandmother of 2 girls who have all gone through the ZPSD school system.

Caroline Ukestine

Director of Federal Programs


Jennie Gashytewa

Administrative Assistant


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PO Drawer A

Zuni, NM 87327


Ph: (505) 782-5511 ext. 6401

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