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Janesville School Board to discuss "controversial" federal stimulus funds

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Beth Wheelock
July 27, 2009

The Janesville School Board is scheduled to discuss whether to accept federal stimulus funds for the school district's special education programs.


Superintendent Karen Schulte says up to fifty percent of the $2.4 million grant could be used for other purposes in the school district, as maintenance of effort. She says the funds not used for special education caused a bit of controversy at the last regular board meeting. Schulte's recommendation is that the funds not used for special education be held until the school district's budget is sorted through. She expects that to happen in September.


Schulte says she's heard some board members say they want the administration to figure out how to dispense the grant funds, and others requesting more detailed information on how the money will be used.


The board approved use of $150,000 of the special education portion for projects with immediate need.


The board meets Tuesday at 6pm in the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St.



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