Following the signing of HB6 earlier this month, which restores Impact Aid funds to Central Consolidated Schools (CCSD), CCSD reports it will receive additional funding due to a new ruling from the Impact Aid Program of the U.S. Department of Education. This new ruling sides with CCSD’s appeal of the State’s impact aid certification for the 2020-2021 school year, in which CCSD argued that among other procedural and technical violations, the State missed the statutory deadline for submittal. As a result, the new ruling revoked the State’s impact aid certification for the 2020-2021 school year. Together with the previous denial of State certification for the 2019-2020 school year and revocation of certification for the 2020-2021 school year, these actions result in a combined total of approximately 30 million additional dollars for CCSD students. The Board of Education and the Superintendent’s Office applaud the U.S. Department of Education’s decisions and are eager to press forward in utilizing these funds to better the lives of CCSD students.
“These rulings enable the District to implement ongoing strategic planning initiatives that focus on successful student outcomes and much-needed improvements including building schools, renovating facilities, and making sure we have great programs for students. Parents and community should be prepared to help us invest these new resources in the right places. We look forward to open and ongoing dialogue with parents and community stakeholders on how to best utilize these funds for our students,” said Superintendent Daniel P. Benavidez.
“This new ruling and the signing of HB6 would not have been possible, but for the efforts of every single member of our Board of Education, Board President Gary J. Montoya, Board Vice President Suzette Jean Haskie, Board Secretary Christina J. Aspaas, board member Sheldon Pickering, and former board members Charlie Jones, Ruthda Thomas and Adam Begaye. The board was adamant that impact aid wrongs needed to be righted and will remain vigilant in making sure these funds remain with our students. We are extremely excited to be in the position we are in now to roll up our sleeves and implement projects that bridge the educational and social/emotional gaps of our students. We also thank previous superintendents and our legal team, who have been essential players in the endeavor,” said Superintendent Daniel P. Benavidez.