Edgemont School District
State & Federal Funding
Edgemont is set to receive and increase of $985,729 in Foundation Aid (the largest category of state aid received by the district) in the 2022-2023 school year. Through the budget development process and solicited feedback from stakeholders, the district intends to spend these funds in the following areas:
Increasing graduation rates and eliminating the achievement gap by:
- continuing the implementation of non-mandated, integrated co-teach (ICT) models across all grade levels.
Providing supports for students who are not meeting, or at risk of not meeting, state learning standards in core academic subject areas by:
- Providing instructional support for teachers through the creation of a new teacher resource specialist position in order to further instructional advancements at the junior-senior high school level, enhancing student learning, increasing differentiation within the general education classroom, and supporting an MTSS-approach.
Addressing student social-emotional health by:
- Increasing the level of counseling support for 10-12 grade students and expanding the career and college programming through the hiring of an additional high school counselor.
Providing adequate resources to English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness by:
- Providing special education teacher training and support and reducing the ratio for chairing initial committee on special education meetings in order to provide consistent support and follow through for students, teachers, and parents through the creation of a new CPSE/CSE Coordinator position.
- Strengthening and bolstering the integrated co-teach model for students with disabilities through the creation of a new 0.8 FTE elementary special education teaching position and support for an additional 0.7 FTE junior-senior high school special education teaching assignment.
The federal government has passed several laws in the past two years to address the economic and health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Two of these laws allocated aid to school districts. Namely, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Outlined below are the anticipated allocations to be received by the Edgemont Union Free School District as well as a proposed spending plan for these funds.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
Edgemont received $386,644 in revenues from the ARP Act. These funds must be spent by the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Of these funds, $77,677 was required to be targeted to evidence-based interventions to address learning loss. To date, Edgemont has spent $76,729 in this area, including providing summer enrichment opportunities for English language learners, summer credit recovery programs for students not meeting state and local standards at the junior and senior high school level, and the addition of a second elementary math interventionalist. The balance of the funds targeted for these specific areas will be spent in the 2022-2023 school year to support the continuation of the elementary math interventionalist.
The remaining funds ($300,710) may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The District has not changed it's original plans for the use of these funds and intends on spending $20,000 to support academic intervention consultant work, and $286,710 to supplement the funding necessary to replace the HVAC system in the Resource Building on the Junior/Senior High School Campus, improving the air quality in a highly-utilized building.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA)
Edgemont received $170,708 which must be spent by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The plan for the use of these funds has not changed and the district intends to utilize the whole balance to supplement the funding necessary to replace the HVAC system in the Resource Building on the Junior/Senior High School Campus, improving the air quality in a highly-utilized building.