School district seeks special education grants
During its May 12 meeting, the Wilton Board of Education voted to submit an application to the Connecticut Department of Education seeking $114,452 in grant funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
The district is seeking $801,450 in special education assistance grants for all children with disabilities (Section 611) and $33,002 in grants for preschool children with disabilities (Section 619) for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.
According to the district’s application, the $801,450 in Section 611 grant funding would be allocated as follows:
- Instructional salaries: $728,560.
- Non-instructional salaries: $64,084.
- Non-payroll pupil services: $6,193.
- Parent activities: $2,000.
- In-service: $613.
The $33,002 in Section 619 grant funding would all go to instructional salaries.
In the Section 611 application, the district lists the following planned special education activities relating to these goals:
- Providing staff professional development activities in designing and delivering academic interventions, focused primarily on reading and math.
- Providing ongoing professional development activities for special education and related staff on eligibility determination, criteria per disability category, procedures for annual and triennial review.
- Continuing supports delivered in general education classrooms in compliance with least restrictive policies and practices.
- Providing ongoing staff professional development activities on special education regulations, laws and best practices, with specific focus on written development of the IEP (Individualized Education Program) and progress monitoring.
- Providing ongoing district-wide administrative training on special education regulations, laws and best practices to “ensure effective, procedural compliance PPT meetings.”
- Providing training to district-wide staff in physical management training to “ensure student and staff skills in de-escalating behaviors of concern.”
In the Section 619 application, the district lists the following planned special education activities relating to these goals:
- Providing professional development activities to “ensure that preschool curriculum, activities and services are aligned to the Connecticut State Preschool framework.”
- Providing instruction and related services “designed to provide support that is individually designed to support the students’ unique language, functional, socialization and learning needs.”
- Providing ongoing support to the PAB to “foster parent involvement and communication, collaboration with the district and liaison with parents of students recently placed.”
- Strengthening ongoing communication with district staff and community to “relevant special education topics, legal updates, current research and IEP/PPT training.”
To view the Wilton school district’s IDEA grant application, visit http://bit.ly/1WsdEvj .