District to receive almost $1 million in federal funding

By on October 29, 2009

Money must be used for special education over the next two years
by Susan O’Neill
The Kaneland School District will receive $918,000 in Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) money over the next two years.

The purpose of the funding is to ensure that all children with disabilities from 3 to 21 years receive a free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment, although Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs said the money comes with many strings attached.

The money is made available to districts that will be able to find another revenue source to pay for these expenses at the end of the two years.

According to Fuchs, the district will use the money to pay for health insurance for all special education staff; to fund contractual psychological, speech and language services for students; for professional development for special education staff and to purchase extra bandwidth for the district’s Internet.

“We need to make sure that we have a revenue source by three years from now,” she said.