Federal and State Grant Programs
Federal Title I, Title II and Title IV
The Ferndale Area School District participates in several state and federally funded grant programs to enhance our educational programs.
Consistent with most other school entities in Pennsylvania, federal monies generally represent the smallest portion of revenue for the Ferndale Area School District. In order to be eligible for grant funds, the district must complete the various applications each year and adhere to numerous mandates imposed with the grants. Historically, the amount of revenue has fluctuated over the years. A review of our federal and state entitlement grant programs follows. The projected amounts for the 2019-2020 school year are dependent upon passage of the governor’s, and the federal budget and subject to adjustments during the year.
Title I funding, in the amount of $307,456 (decrease of $2,519) for the 2019-2020 project year, is used to improve the educational environment of the entire Elementary School. The school wide Title I program uses the funding to support the salaries and benefits of the building instructional and Title I support staff. Title I funds may also be used for math and reading instructional supplies, to support an after-school tutoring program, parental involvement/community support services, and mandated nonpublic services.
Title IIA, also known as Improving Teacher Quality, is a district wide professional development initiative. The 2019-2020 projected grant amount of $39,903 (decrease of $2,118) will be used for professional development for the District teachers, administrators and staff and to support STEM initiatives.
Title IV, also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment, is a grant that will be targeted at the Jr.Sr. High School. The 2019-2020 projected grant amount of $23,045 (increase of $1,185) will be used to support the PBIS program and to provide after-school tutoring and support STEM initiatives.
Ready to Learn Block GrantThe 2019-2020 Ready to Learn Block Grant appropriation for Ferndale Area School District is currently awaiting release from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the anticipated grant award is $158,000 which was equal to the amount appropriated for 2017-2018. Allocations for school districts and charter schools are distributed using the formula enacted in the Pennsylvania Fiscal Code.
School Safety and Security Grant Program - Act 44
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) School Safety and Security Committee recently approved $12.4 million in school safety grants for 496 school districts. Per Act 44 of 2018, Ferndale Area School District submitted an application to the Committee and was awarded $25,000.