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NW Lehigh SD gets grants, less money than before

NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. - The Northwestern Lehigh School District will receive the state grants for which it applied for the next school year, but with no additional allocations and actually less overall than in previous years, according to School District Superintendent Dr. Maryanne Wright during her report to the directors at Wednesday evening's school board meeting.

During an update on Northwestern Lehigh's $39.3 million budget, Wright reported that the district received an Accessibility Block Grant (AB Grant) of almost $86,000 which is primarily used to purchase computer software subscriptions for student usage.

She mentioned, however, in years past, the district would receive $200,000 in AB Grant funding, but that has changed as a result of education spending cuts from Harrisburg.

Wright said the other state funding grant Northwestern Lehigh secured in the amount of $93,778 is the "Ready to Learn Grant" which is accompanied by significantly stricter state guidelines.

The "Ready to Learn Grant," Wright explained, is used to buy literacy materials for kindergarten through third graders and also to pay for Keystone Test remediation tutoring among other specific educational initiatives.

"We budgeted appropriately and what we applied for from the state, we offset directly in the same amount as a possible expenditure, but never spent the money,"  said the superintendent.

That way, she continued, there were no revenue shortfalls for the district should its grant appropriations fall short of application expectations.

Wright added, "We took a conservative approach as far as what the state would do with their level of funding and we received the same amount of basic educational funding as last year."

In other business, the board approved the purchase of law enforcement liability insurance from the Indian Harbor Insurance Co. of Texas for an annual premium of $2,650 effective July 17th.

According to District Business Manager Leslie Frisbie, New Tripoli does not have its own police force and the district relies on state constables to provide security services for its schools.

However, she explained, the constables are not covered under the district's general liability insurance.

Therefore, specific law enforcement liability coverage is required in the event of any security incidents involving the district and its constables.

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