Mechanicsburg school board approves 2013-2014 grant budgets, new phone system [The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa.]
(Sentinel, The (Carlisle, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 11--MECHANICSBURG -- The Mechanicsburg Area School District Board of Directors approved a number of state and federal grant budgets for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board voted unanimously in favor of the grant budgets at their meeting on Tuesday. The vote included seven grants, all of which are aimed at a specific area of projected spending in the district. Among them were federal title grants, including a Title I grant for $241,948 for reading and language art salaries, a Title II grant for $74,049 for instructional coach salaries and a Title III grant for $26,515 for an instructional assistant and English as a second language programs at Mechanicsburg Middle School.
Other grants include a $90,966 state Pennsylvania Accountability Block Grant for the continuation of literacy and math, a $6,511 federal IDEA Supplemental grant for personal care aide at the Mechanicsburg Kindergarten Academy at Filbert Street and a federal $148,000 ACCESS grant for a speech and language teacher, an administrative assistant and community-based instruction.
The largest grant was a $509,466 IDEA grant to fund seven instructional assistants, three special education teachers, a part-time social worker and an extended school year. Dr. Alan Vandrew, chief financial officer for the district, explained that the extended school year referred to summer programs for students that take summer classes as part of an in individualized education program.
The district received slightly less in grants this year than was budgeted, according to Vandrew.
"It's depended on the funding that comes from the federal government," he said. Vandrew said sequestration probably had an impact on the federal grants, while the state grant was largely the same. He added that the grants are to fund existing positions in the district.
The board also approved a proposal from Sage Technology Solution for a new, district-wide phone system. Some of the new systems' features include a web-based administration, 24/7 support from the company and no change in the experience of staff members. The proposal states that the district will invest $25,000 over a five-year period, and that the project could be done in the late fall.
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