Obion County Board of Education
December 5, 2011

Agenda Item: VIII.H.

Consider/Approve Resolution Concerning School Federal Projects Budgets

Background Information:

The various federal projects within the School Federal Projects Fund are controlled and approved through the Tennessee Department of Education. Each year school personnel presents a School Federal Projects Budget to the Board for approval; however, even with Board approval, the State has the power, as granted by the federal government, to suggest and make changes to the budget. If the changes are not made, the State Department of Education will not approve the budget. Without an approved budget, the System’s access to federal funds is denied. We are then faced with the dilemma of having two different budgets approved by two different authorities. Amendments to the school federal projects fund are also controlled by State rules and regulations. It becomes an act of redundancy in having the Board approve a budget for which the governing body does not have the final approval. Therefore, we are asking the Board, through the attached resolution, to accept, adopt, and declare that the Obion County School Federal Projects Fund for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012 for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Carl Perkins Vocational projects, 21st Century Community Learning Grant, and the State’s First to the Top Act shall be the budget approved for the separate projects within the fund by the Tennessee Department of Education.

The funds within the school federal projects are totally federal funds (i.e., no state or local funds).

Staff Recommendation:

I recommend approval of the attached resolution.