August 21, 2014
9:56 pm

Money Back from Berrien RESA

A long-standing tradition embraced by the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency's Board of Education will result in a sizable return of special education dollars back to local school districts in Michigan's Great Southwest.

Berrien RESA Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ivers shared the good news that area public schools will be receiving $2,522,000.00 in special education reimbursements over the course of the current school year.  Those dollars are determined by a county-wide reimbursement formula from the RESA special education budget.

It has long been the organization's policy to direct excess funding to area public schools to reimburse a portion of their unfunded special education expenditures from the prior year whenever possible.  The surplus is derived from two sources including Fund Equity and Act 18 dollars levied through a county Special Education millage.  

Ivers says that Berrien RESA strives to provide the best educational services to area students while at the same time being fiscally responsible.  He says that the supplemental revenue will offset each local district's cost of providing special education programs and services.  

Naturally, there is no guarantee that such allocations can be made, inasmuch as the surplus is all based on demand for services in the first place.  By continuing the tradition, the RESA board notes that the individual school districts benefit, the teachers benefit, and most of all, the children benefit.  

Berrien RESA is headquartered in Berrien Springs along M-139. 
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Topics : Education
Location : Michigan
People : Kevin Ivers