Leon Co. Schools Get $11 Million in Federal Stimulus Aid

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

At Tuesday night's meeting, Leon County school board members found out the district will be getting $11 million in federal stimulus money over the next two years. That may sound like a lot, but some say it won't stretch far.

"We are basically plugging a hole that we will have again next year. And potentially even a larger hole," says DeeDee Rasmussen, a Leon County school board member.

Lobbyists who presented at the meeting say the federal aid was necessary.

"What saved our bacon this year was the stimulus," says Scott Maddox, of Governance, Inc. "I think we'll be okay next session. We're not gonna face the draconian cuts that were first anticipated."

The specifics of how the cash will be spent will not be decided until later this summer. Officials also say the cost-cutting measures they already voted on, like closing Belle Vue Middle School and adjusting school start times, are final. Even with the additional funds.

The federal stimulus money has to be used for specific programs, such as job creation and energy-saving measures, so the board only has so many options on how to spend it.

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  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    What happens next year? The State of Florida passed a budget that included 5.3 billion in stimulis money and counting on tobacco tax to cover the rest. What happens next year and what steps are being taken by the schools to prepare next year. Are both going to wait till the last minute and cry again. It's time to save money and make cuts to prepare for the years to come. Remember the tax increases are coming in 2011 and gas prices are rising. Florida better begin to find ways to save and prepare for the next few years so when the comes out there has already been progress made and hopefully all the other bullcrap bills government worked on will not take up most of thier time like this year.
  • by yeah right Location: tally on May 13, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    wonder whose pockets the stimulus will be going in
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