The Norman Transcript

Local news

May 8, 2009

NPS to receive $4.3 million in stimulus money

The Norman school district is set to receive more than $4.3 million in one-time federal stimulus funds, and is set to receive more through the state allocation.

That money will be a boon to Norman Public Schools, but superintendent Joe Siano urged caution in spending it.

"I feel the urgency to get this money where it needs to be, but I think we need to be cautious in the way we do it," he said at a NPS board of education meeting Wednesday.

The stimulus funds are one-time allocations that must be encumbered by Sept. 30, 2011.

It's important to use them wisely, however, so as not to create programs the district can no longer fund after the money is used up, Siano said.

The federal stimulus money the district already knows about is designated for Title 1 and IDEA programs, which serve low-income students and those with disabilities, respectively.

Almost $1.2 million is designated for Title 1 programs, while about $3.1 million is designated for IDEA programs, Siano said.

The IDEA program is a poorly funded federal mandate that the extra money only funds to about 32 percent, he said.

The Title 1 money has a lot more potential because the district's annual budget for Title 1 is about $1.3 million, he said.

The district probably will receive more stimulus funds through the federal money allocated to the state stabilization fund, Siano said. The state received $578 million, and 82 percent must be used for education.

When that money was first announced, the district had high hopes for the funds, Siano said. But it soon became apparent that the state Legislature intends to take those funds into account when allocating state money to the schools.

"I think the Legislature's made it very clear it's going to be back-filled," Siano said. Instead of funding education at 100 percent, he said, they will probably under-fund it and let the stimulus funds take care of operating expenses.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision

    A motorcyclist was injured in a collision Tuesday night in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 1:37 a.m. stolen vehicle, 2100 block of West Brooks Street · 6:27 a.m. larceny report, 200 block of Driftwood Drive · 8:58 a.m. harassment or threats report, 1200 ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Linda Marquez, 36, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Leaving the scene of an accident

    A Norman woman was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury over the weekend in Moore. Linda Marquez, 36, also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014