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October 12, 2012

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McCoy households with students urged to return Impact Aid Survey forms

Sparta and Tomah school districts have distributed an Impact Aid Survey form that was sent home with students.

All students attending schools in those districts will receive the form.

Impact Aid Surveys distributed in the Sparta School District must be completed and returned by Friday, Oct. 19.

Surveys distributed in the Tomah School District must be completed and returned by Nov. 15.

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 “federally connected” students, such as the children of armed services personnel working at a nearby military base, those residing on Native American lands or those living in federally assisted low-rent housing projects.

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.

Parents and guardians of children of military personnel and Department of Defense civilians need to turn in the surveys to their school.

The amount of funds the school district receives under impact aid is based upon 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, for questions in the Fort McCoy community, call Becky Walley, Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer, at 608-388-6814/8956.

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

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