Clinton schools

Clinton School Superintendent Richard Basden (right) outlined plans Monday discussing how the district plans to use stimulus funds. Herald file photo

The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CLINTON — It’s a very rare occurrence when a school district actually ends up with money in its budget that it didn’t expect to get.

But that’s exactly what’s happening with the allocation of money through federal stimulus funds, the first amount of which could reach Clinton School District coffers as early as next week.

The Clinton School Board on Monday night heard what the federal stimulus program means to the district, the haziness that surrounds how the money can be spent and some of the paperwork that comes with it.

The district will receive $677,000 in Individual Disability Education Act funds as well as $500,000 in Title I funds. Of the IDEA fund total, Superintendent Richard Basden said the district has some discretion in how it spends $138,000 of those funds; the district will not have much leeway as to how the remaining amount can be spent. In fact, school district officials met with a Department of Education representative on Monday to learn more about how the money can be used.

As part of the district’s work, a federal stimulus funding planning summary was discussed by the board. Included on the list of possible items to be covered by the money are two Title I teachers; Title I funding for Prince of Peace; a program coordinator who will oversee the reporting of how the money is spent; an elementary school counselor and a middle school counselor; CHS vocational equipment; elementary library materials; CHS stage equipment; security equipment, which may be paid for through a COPS grant as part of stimulus money funneled through the Clinton Police Department; CHS day care startup costs; a student suspension program; and expansion of at-risk programming.

Basden said the list will be updated and presented at the next Committee of the Whole meeting later this month. He said staff member hirings would be presented to the board for consideration in June.

Another result of the stimulus money’s allocation is the need to amend the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget. The board agreed to set a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. May 28 at Roosevelt Administration Center.

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