by Coy Holcombe.
It has been awhile since we talked about the stimulus funds that EISD will receive from the federal government. I thought I would take this opportunity and update everyone about what is happening with regards to those funds.
First, a quick review: EISD will receive about $127,000 in Title I stimulus funds. EISD will also receive about $300,000 in additional IDEA funds. IDEA funds are designed to be spent on special education.
Currently, the projects that the district will be providing with these funds include:
Reading Intervention Program at the High School and Middle School – we will use a combination of Title I funds and IDEA funds to implement a reading intervention program at these campuses. The program we will use is called Read 180. It is a research based program that has a good track record for increasing reading abilities in students that are below grade level. Some of the funds have been used to hire a reading instructor at the High School. We will also be purchasing at least one new server and several classroom computers to run the Read 180 program.
Research-Based Dyslexia Program – We are purchasing a computer-based dyslexia program for the district with the stimulus funds. We have tried various approaches with dyslexia in the past and have had fairly good results. However, this program will allow for consistency at all campuses throughout the district. The great advantage of this program is that it is web-based. This means that students that need this intervention will not only have access to it at school, but will be able to access it from home also.
Special Education Aide – We will be using part of our IDEA funds to hire a special education aide.
Shared Services Co-op – Each of the districts in our special education co-op will be contributing a portion of their IDEA funds to help meet some specific needs of the co-op.
We have also set aside a portion of our Title I funds to send teachers to professional development activities.
Since the stimulus funds were designed to be spent over a two year period, we are also encumbering some of the funds to be used in the 2010-2011 school year. We are also continuing to look at our needs throughout the district. As we go through these needs, we are examining whether these stimulus funds could help out in specific areas. If you have any questions about the stimulus funds for EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.