Starting this year, select Federal Title Funds and the district's general fund will be combined into a Consolidated Fund. This restructuring allows schools to spend their allocated funds more easily with less red tape to navigate.
Taking a closer look, the Business Services and Federal Programs departments partnered to consolidate a portion of federal funds from Title I, Title II, Title III, and Title IV with selected general funds to provide schools with more flexibility in how these funds can be expended. Once federal funds are consolidated with local general funds, they are no longer subject to restrictive federal guidelines.
The major purpose in consolidating funds was to shift the conversation from “Is it allowable to spend federal funds in the manner desired” to “How can we use consolidated funds to best meet the needs of our students”. This approach to expending funds has allowed leaders to determine how funds can best help schools accomplish their improvement goals.