02-08-2011 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #8


Title
Recognition of Participation in the Federal Impact Aid Program for 60 Years.

Discussion

At the Fall Conference of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) held September 19 through 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C., the association membership took time to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Impact Aid Program.  The NAFIS Board of Directors recognized the Brevard County School Board as one of the original recipients of dollars received under the authority of Public Law 81-874. The NAFIS Board not only recognized the School District as one of the original recipients of Impact Aid Funding, but also for its continued support of the association.

Public Law 874, passed in 1950, was designed to correct financial burdens imposed on local school districts impacted as a result of activities on federal property.  They recognize that local districts, such as Brevard County, rely heavily upon property taxes as a major source of revenue and that the Impact Aid Program is only partly responsive to the income effects generated by federal activity.

Brevard County has applied for impact aid funds each year since the program began in 1950 and has received over $131 million since that time for school support, maintenance and construction throughout the total county school system. There are five major pieces of federal owned property in Brevard County: Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore.

Brevard County receives dollars for students whose parents are federally connected either through their location of employment and/or their place of residence. Brevard receives funding based on the following types of students:

1.  Students whose parents "work on and live on" federal property such as uniformed personnel living in base housing.

2.  Students who, along with their parents, live in a low rent housing project.

3.  Students whose parents "work on and live off" federal property, such as uniformed personnel living off base or civilian personnel employed on base or employed at the space center.

Based upon our present enrollment of children whose parents are connected with federal activities, we are again eligible to receive "Impact Funds."

Impact Aid monies are unique in that they represent federal dollars received by the district which are unrestricted.  The district is allowed to utilize the funds to help meet the day-to-day operating expenses of the school district.



Recommendation
Accept the certificate of recognition for the Brevard County School Board.

Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 2/8/2011

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Karen Strickland, Director of Planning, Budgets & Reporting, ext. 610.

Judy R. Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, ext. 600.




Attachment:  Impact Aid Letter from NAFIS dtd 11-24-10.pdf
Attachment:  Impact Aid Certificate of Recognition.pdf