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Friday, March 27, 2009

Federal recovery funds targeted for CCHS and Carlisle School

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School District has been allocated $230,401 in Special Education funding as part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), while the Carlisle Public School has been allocated $83,169.

Last week Governor Deval Patrick announced economic stimulus grants totaling $145 million will be distributed to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Special Education programs in Massachusetts, including $5 million for preschools. Another $145 million is to be awarded next fall.

“We haven’t made any plans on how to use this IDEA money yet,” said Concord-Carlisle Regional Deputy Superintendent John Flaherty as details of the funding process are still unfolding. He explained that schools will still need to apply for the funds, which will be distributed to schools over time. He also noted that given uncertainties in state aid for education, “Nothing is final until the governor’s budget is finalized and approved.”

The Carlisle School’s allocation includes $80,054 for school-age children and $3,115 for pre-kindergarten. Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman said, “The administration is reviewing what it can be spent on.” She said the Carlisle School Committee will then decide how to use the funding based on administration recommendations. According to the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Updates” posted on www.doe.mass.edu/arra, the IDEA allocations are “intended to support districts through both FY10 and FY11.” ∆


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