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Coventry Local Schools

IDEA-B Special Education Funds

IDEA-B Special Education Funds 2022

IDEA-B Special Education funds are federal dollars allocated to State Departments of education and given to school districts to provide educational services, resources, and support for students with disabilities.


Previously, IDEA-B entitlement funds were distributed to districts based upon the number of children identified with disabilities, ages three through 21, as reported in the school district's December 1st child count. Beginning with the FY2002, special education grant awards were allocated upon a base amount for each LEA, additional funds based upon population (85%) and poverty (15%), and any discretionary funds the state may provide. Under this new means of formula calculation, Coventry Local School District will receive approximately $452,398.02 (IDEA-B) for special education expenditures during the 2021-2022 school year. The grant money is to be used only for special education programming and resources for special education students. It will be obligated only after the project application is approved by the Ohio Department of Education, Division of Special Education. 


Additionally, under IDEA-B, children with disabilities enrolled in a chartered nonpublic school, within the participating public school's boundaries, are eligible to receive IDEA-B benefits and provided special education and related services. Therefore, St. Francis De Sales school will be eligible to receive a portion of the entitlement funds identified above ($33,614.72).


Coventry Local Schools IDEA-B allocations have been applied to fund partial salaries of multiple Special Education teachers, special education classroom assistants, and attendants. It also utilizes funds for student technology purchases, classroom supplies, and various special needs items, along with supplies within the Special Education program for staff.


IDEA-B funds are also identified to cover the costs of extended school year services to those students who qualify. Additionally, the grant monies have been available to pay tuition for special education students attending specialized programs outside our district.

School employees and district residents are encouraged to contact Mrs. Melissa Dort, Director of Pupil Services, at 330-644-0699 with any comments regarding these funds' expenditures. The grant application regarding IDEA-B funds are located at 3257 Cormany Road, Akron, OH 44319 


Annual Public Notification in Coventry Local Schools posted on the district website for public review (Sept. 2021)