The Eastwood School District’s allocation of stimulus money is being used to help meet the costs of special education services and not for bonuses for administrators, Brent Welker, district superintendent, said.
He said a school board member received a phone call from a district resident who asked if administrators were paid bonuses through stimulus funding.
“You never know how some rumors get started,” Welker said. “This one is false and I felt the need to address it because as we head to the ballot in May to renew an existing levy, we do not want falsehoods and misstatements to hurt those efforts.”
The district has received about $350,000 in Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part-B stimulus funding.
The funding is meant for assisting children with disabilities through special education and related services.
Eastwood has until September, 2011 to spend its share, Welker said, adding that the district can use half of its funds to cover costs of special education services not covered by current state and federal revenues.
“We spend significantly more money than our allotment each year, so this is not a problem,” he said. “We will be utilizing most of this next year as part of our efforts to run balanced budgets. The remaining money must be spent on programs, staff, or professional development. But there are significant strings attached. We do not want to hire any permanent staff with this money because it dries up in 18 months.”