ARRA - Federal Stimulus Funding
State Fiscal Stabilization Funding
The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) may be used by local educational agencies for any activity that is authorized under the following: (1) The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, including Impact Aid, (2) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (3) The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, or (4) The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.
Visalia Unified School District received $10,163,353 of SFSF funds in fiscal year 2008-09. These funds are being used to save jobs, backfill losses of State funding, improve delivery of information to parents and the community and for facilities projects that decrease maintenance costs and create efficiencies. Quarterly expenditure reports and facility certifications are posted below.
Special Education Stimulus Funding
The Special Education and Special Education Preschool American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (IDEA ARRA) is allocated through the California Department of Education to Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA’s). The SELPA receives the funding and disburses funds to Local Education Agencies on a reimbursement basis. The purpose of the federal stimulus is to allocate significant new funding under Part B of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to further ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs.
Tulare County Office of Education SELPA has ARRA funds available for Visalia Unified School District in the amount of $2,287,434.00. The SELPA also has $280,069 in funding available for the Visalia Unified School District Special Education Preschool program. The District has already hired four temporary special education interns to assist with special education programs and planning. The District also utilized a portion of the stimulus funding to procure an outside evaluation and analysis of the District’s special education program, and will spend additional stimulus funding to hire a temporary advisor to assist with implementation of the resulting recommendations. Other expenditures will be approved as allowable under special education regulations in an effort to increase student achievement, and provide professional development for certificated special education personnel.
Title 1 Stimulus Funding
The Title One American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Title One, ARRA) funding may be used by local educational agencies for any activity that is authorized under Title One Regulations. Priorities for spending include the following areas: (1) Assessment – Adopting rigorous college and career ready standards and high quality assessments, (2) Data Systems- Establish data systems and using data for improvement, (3) Professional Development-Increasing teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution of effective teachers, (4) Low Performing Schools – Turning around the lowest-performing schools, (5) Improving Results – Improving results for all student, including early learning, extended learning time, use of technology, and preparation for college, (6) Parent Involvement, or (7) Technology.
Visalia Unified School District received $2,425,526.00 in the fiscal year 2008/2009 and is expecting a 2nd apportionment during the fiscal year 2009/2010 of $2,964,530.00 for a total of $5,390,056.00. These funds are currently being used under the Title One regulations to increase student achievement, and provide professional development for certificated personnel.
Child Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grants
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided a $12.8 million one-time appropriation to California for equipment assistance grants to school food authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP equipment assistance grants are to improve the infrastructure in the NSLP; however, the authority for the grants was provided in the context of the overall effort to stimulate activity within the American economy. The program serves sponsors of the National School Lunch Program. This program focuses on sites in which fifty percent or more of the enrolled children qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
Visalia Unified School District received a grant in the amount of $189,245.00 in September 2009 to fund the purchase of four new food service delivery trucks. Our current truck fleet included several very old vehicles. The new trucks will assure timely delivery of food to our school sites for breakfast and lunch.