Federal and State Grant Programs
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 2016-2017 school year are dependent upon passage of the governor’s, and the federal budget and subject to adjustments during the year.
Title I funding, in the amount of $309,751, an increase of $33,831 for the 2016-2017 project year, are used to improve the educational environment of the entire Elementary School. The school wide Title I program uses the funding to support the salaries and benefits of one Reading Specialists, two Title I Instructional Aides, K4 Program Staff and two AmeriCorps staff. Title I funds are also used for math and reading instructional supplies, to support an after-school tutoring program, parental involvement/community support services, and mandated nonpublic services.
Title IIA, also known as Improving Teacher Quality, is a district wide professional development initiative. The 2016-2017 projected grant amount of $34,438 (decrease of $775) will be used for professional development for the district teachers, administrators and staff.
FASD will again participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This grant is for the period from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. The amount of $20,405 for the FFVP grant will help make fresh fruit and vegetables equally available to the elementary students at least three days a week. This averages out to approximately $52.00 per student for this school year. The funds have also been used to purchase storage and preparation equipment and for the production of the fresh fruit and vegetable snack.