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That Superintendent's Recommendation #21-318, Grant Award be adopted as follows: that the School Committee accept and approve the grant award in the amount and for the period indicated:
ARP Special Education IDEA (SC22610) in the amount of $540,262.00 for the period October 4, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
The purpose of the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) IDEA grant is to provide additional funds beyond the district's IDEA allocation grant in order to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that included special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs. As with the allocation grant, the largest portion of the ARP IDEA grant will be used for out of district tuition. To meet the requirement of proportionate share for private schools, a set-aside of $20,487 will be used to provide consultant services to private school students and staff. The remainder of the grant ($88,249) will be used for activities under the comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS), including a consultant in culturally responsive behavioral interventions, and Extended Learning time teacher stipend for the pre-school class at Fletcher Maynard Academy, and stipends for staff to attend trainings outside normal working hours.