Reporting ARRA funds awarded under IDEA, Part B

Note: This dispatch was updated on Sept. 30, 2011, to include a Nov. 1 deadline for submitting performance report.

The Maine Department of Education is allowing school districts to begin filing online performance reports concerning their expenditures of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds awarded under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Districts have a Sept. 30, 2011, deadline for spending these Local Entitlement funds unless they have requested deadline waivers. The performance report is due Nov. 1.

The performance report — which should describe the activities funded with ARRA money and the results of those expenditures — can be found on the Maine DOE’s Application Website for Stimulus Funds, https://www.5pcamaine.org/.

Only those districts that have spent all funds and completed cash management closeout procedures with the State Finance Office can submit the performance report prior to Sept. 30.

After Sept. 30, all other school districts approved through the State Finance Office will be able to submit their performance reports unless they have requested a deadline waiver for spending the funds.

The Department of Education is in the process of sending letters to all district superintendents noting the ARRA Local Entitlement funds they have yet to spend. These letters will:

  • provide remaining award fund balance amounts;
  • reiterate current deadlines for award funds expenditure; and
  • provide compliance guidelines for the obligation of award funds.

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