Money from President Barack Obama's stimulus plan will soon come to the rescue of Arkansas public schools that are cutting back during these rough economic times.
The Committee of Education and Labor's Web site, edlabor.house.gov, broke down the stimulus money into two-part estimates, Title 1-A and IDEA Part B, of the money that school districts in each state will possibly receive.
Calico Rock School District is estimated to receive a total of $297,000; Izard County Consolidated School District could receive $326,000; Mammoth Spring School District is estimated to receive $217,000; Melbourne School District may receive $323,000; Salem School District could receive $347,000, and Viola School District could receive $197,000. These estimates were from the Committee on Education and Labor's Web site http://edlabor.house.gov.
According to Salem Superintendent Ken Rich, the money each school receives will be paid over a two-year period.
He said the amount of money each school will receive is just an estimate. "It's a projection of what it (the total amount) might be," Rich said.
He said schools will have a better idea of the amount of money coming to them by April 10 when superintendents from Arkansas schools will meet in Little Rock to discuss the education stimulus and how it will be spent. But, there is no way of knowing when the money will actually start flowing in. "It depends on the government when we get the money," Rich said.
According to a Web site set up by the governor's office to track where stimulus money is going (recovery.arkansas.gov), Arkansas' estimated allocation of recovery funds is $2.9 billion with $476.7 million going towards youth education and higher education.
The Arkansas Department of Education will receive $273.2 million of the money set aside for education and higher education. These funds will be for Title 1 Grants, IDEA part B and C funds, education technology, school lunch equipment, education for homeless children and youth, school improvement, innovation and improvement and impact aid.