The Ferndale Area School District participates in several state and federally funded grant programs to enhance our educational programs.
Consistent with most other school entities in Pennsylvania, federal monies generally represent the smallest portion of revenue for the Ferndale Area School District. In order to be eligible for grant funds, the district must complete the various applications each year and adhere to numerous mandates imposed with the grants. Historically, the amount of revenue has fluctuated over the years. A review of our federal and state entitlement grant programs follows. The projected amounts for the 2012-2013 school year are dependent upon passage of the governor’s budget and subject to adjustments during the year.
Title I monies, in the amount of $293,430.00, a decrease of $16,745.00 for the 2012-2013 project year, are used to improve the educational environment of the entire elementary school. The school wide Title I program uses the money to support the salaries and benefits of two Reading Specialists, a Title I Instructional Aide, part of a State and Federal Programs Coordinator and two AmeriCorps workers. Title I funds are also used for math and reading instructional supplies, to support an after-school tutoring program, pupil personnel services, staff, and parental involvement/community support services, and mandated nonpublic services.
Title I, stimulus, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money was projected for FASD to be $177,310.00. This amount was adjusted to $175,035.00. 2011 was the final year for ARRA money. It is to be distributed over a two year period with the use of the money following all regular Title I regulations. The money was used in the elementary to purchase supplemental, intervention and assessment materials for both Reading and Math. We also purchased two computer carts, each with 25 student laptops. The elementary school was also made into a wireless building.
The district applied and received additional ARRA Education Jobs Fund monies from 2011-2012. The amount received was $5,573.00 and used for staff benefits until September 30, 2012.
Title IIA, also known as Improving Teacher Quality, is a district wide professional development initiative. The 2012-2013 projected grant amount of $38,005.00 (decrease of $195.00) will be used for professional development for the district teachers and staff.
The Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities grant will not be funded for 2012-2013. FASD applied and was successful for a $5,000.00 in 2011-2012 mini grant that was be used for our safe schools program.
2012-2013 is the ninth year of the Accountability Block Grant with a projected amount of $52,545.00 (decrease of $83,786.00 from 2010-2011). The funds are used for part of the salaries and benefits for the K4 program’s Highly Qualified staff.
Funding for the 2011-2012 Dual Enrollment program has been discontinued for the 2012-2013 school year.
FASD will again participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This grant is for the period from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. The FFVP grant will help make fresh fruit and vegetables equally available to the elementary students at least three days a week.