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Impact aid forms for Sparta, Tomah school districts should be completed, returned

Sparta and Tomah school districts soon will be sending home an Impact Aid Survey form. All students attending schools in those districts will receive the form.

Completed forms are used to determine the amount of Impact Aid funds each school district will receive.

The Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local school districts for: (1) local revenue lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property and (2) cost incurred due to “federally connected” students, such as the children of armed services personnel working at a nearby military base.

Unlike most other forms of educational assistance, impact aid disburses roughly $1.3 billion annually in unrestricted federal funds directly to local school districts rather than through state agencies.

Established in 1950, the Impact Aid Program is a major general aid source for more than 1,300 school districts nationwide, or 9.8 percent of all districts.

For some school districts, Impact Aid supplies as much as 75 percent of the local education operating budget.

Who should turn in Impact Aid Surveys to the school? Parents and guardians of children of military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians need to turn in the surveys to their school.

Why is my survey important? The amount of funds the school district receives is based on the number of Impact Aid Surveys returned. Parents and guardians are urged to complete and turn in their surveys.

Any questions can be directed to the school district offices or in the Fort McCoy community to Becky Walley, Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer, at 608-388-6814.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services.)


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