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Richmond schools thought stimulus funds would be more

The Georgia Board of Education has called a special meeting Tuesday to discuss dispersing federal stimulus funds, but local officials worry the help might be less than expected.

 

Initial projections made public Thursday of federal stimulus funds going to Richmond County schools were lower than anticipated, a school official said.

The first allocations of federal money would add Title I and IDEA funding, programs that target economically disadvantaged children and children with special needs, respectively.

Under a proposal being considered by the state board of education, Richmond County would get almost $6.5 million for special education, $215,660 for pre-k and about $14.7 million for economically disadvantaged students.

However, those amounts are less than county schools expected, Controller Gene Spires said in an e-mail.

The school system had already been projecting a $24.5 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The stimulus funds, however, are targeted for specific areas and won’t address the shortfall in the general fund.

The state school board will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the stimulus funds.

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