IDEA-B Special Education FUNDS 2018
IDEA-B Special Education funds are federal dollars allocated to State Departments of education and given to school districts for the purpose of providing educational services, resources and supports for students with disabilities.
Previously, IDEA-B entitlement funds were distributed to districts based upon the number of children identified with disabilities, ages three through 21, as reported in the school district’s December 1st child count. Beginning with FY2002, special education grant awards were allocated upon a base amount for each LEA, additional funds based upon population (85%) and poverty (15%) and any discretionary funds the state may provide. Under this new means of formula calculation, Stow-Munroe Falls City School District will receive approximately $1,070,555.96 (IDEA-B) for special education expenditures during the 2018-2019 school year. The grant money is to be used only for special education programming and resources for special education students and will be obligated only after the project application is approved by the Ohio Department of Education, Division of Special Education. Additionally, under IDEA-B, children with disabilities enrolled in chartered nonpublic schools are eligible to receive IDEA-B benefits through the participating public school district in which the nonpublic school is located when they are provided special education and related services. Therefore, Holy Family Parochial school will be eligible to receive a portion of the entitlement funds identified above ($18,672.48).
Stow-Munroe Fall City Schools’ IDEA-B funds have been used to partially fund the salaries of the District Special Service Director, Supervisor, and pay for two full-time Special Education teachers. Monies have also been used to pay for staff professional development and to purchase technology and classroom supplies for students and teachers. Additionally, the grant monies have been used to pay the tuition for special education students attending specialized programs outside our district. Annually, monies are allocated to contract with Summit County ESC for the delivery of our district’s Special Education preschool program.
Click here for a short presentation regarding the expenditure of IDEA-B funds that was presented to the Board of Education on September, 24, 2018.
School employees and district residents are encouraged to contact Kristen Prough, Director of Special Services, at 330.689.5431 with any comments regarding the expenditures of these funds. The grant application and all funds pertaining to the project will be available for review at the Board of Education Office, 4350 Allen Road, Stow, OH 44224.
Annual Public Notification in Stow-Munroe Falls posted on district website for public review.