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Program B: Instructional Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 17:4.1, 31-37, 348 and 1941-1959; R.S. 39:1498.2(A); R.S. 46:2361-2372

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Instructional Services Program is to provide educational services to children who are deaf, hard of hearing and multi-disabled, 0-21 years of age, a comprehensive quality educational program that prepares students for post-secondary training and/or the workforce.

The goal of the Instructional Services Program is to provide the services necessary to educate children who are deaf and hard of hearing so they may possess the necessary skills to become a self-sufficient adult in mainstream society.

The Instructional Services Program consists of the Parent Pupil Education Program, the Preparatory/Elementary Department, Special Needs Educational Program, Junior High School, Senior High School, Vocational Education Department, Physical Education and Health Department and Guidance and Counseling Services. The Parent Pupil Education Program Educators are based in six district areas where they work with parents and children ages birth to 21 in homes, day care centers and schools. All other educational departments have the responsibility for providing children who are deaf with the necessary tools to achieve academically, socially, and physically compared to their hearing counterparts. This is accomplished by providing a total learning environment, which will prepare students for post-secondary education to assume a responsible place in society as an independent, self-sufficient, responsible adult.

Another component of the Instructional Services Program is the Educational Support Services Division, which is an intensive core of specialized programs integrated to provide comprehensive educational services to the low incidence disabled population of people who are deaf, deaf multi-disabled and deaf blind from birth to 21 years of age throughout the state of Louisiana. The supportive services offered include comprehensive diagnostic psycho-social-educational assessments; student referral, placement and follow up services; mainstream activities; sign language instruction and evaluation; sign language interpreting services and training; integration of technology; and a service delivery system for disseminating media, materials, and equipment to students, parents, and public and non-public programs. The component departments within the Division include the Statewide Assessment Center for the Hearing Impaired; Admissions and Records; Sign Language/Interpreting Services; Information and Technology; and the Instructional Television/Media Center.

 

GENERAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with the General Fund, Interagency Transfers, and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. The Department of education transfers funds to this program from the following: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B which provides funds to assist in providing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children; that part of IDEA-B which provides funds to assist in providing a free appropriate public education to preschool age (3-5) handicapped children; the Title VI Innovative Education program, which provides federal block grants to improve education for pre-school, elementary and secondary students; the Professional Improvement Program (PIP) which provides salary increments for instructors; the Extended School Year Program (ESYP) in compliance with the Laura I. consent decree; the Drug-Free schools and Communities Program; Security Act (EESA), which provides state grants for strengthening the skills of teachers and instruction in mathematics and science; and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program to provide nutritious meals for the health and well-being of our students. In addition, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education transfers funds to this program from the Louisiana Quality Support Education [8(g)] Fund to reimburse allowable expenditures in accordance with approved services delivered to eligible students. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues funding this program are derived from athletic receipts and facility use fees; student teacher training and internship stipends from colleges and universities; television media and captioned film sales; and fees from sign language classes and interpreting services.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$5,980,287

$6,398,339

138

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$159,568

0

 

BA-7 to increase Interagency Transfers

 

 

 

 

 

$5,980,287

$6,557,907

138

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$986

$986

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 -1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$50,229

$50,229

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Unclassified State Teacher Merit Increase

$1,705

$1,705

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$5,283

$5,283

0

Unclassified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$52,501

$52,501

0

Unclassified State Teacher Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$89,000

$89,000

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($42,633)

($67,447)

0

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$147,736

$147,736

0

Salary Base Adjustment

($106,399)

($106,399)

0

Attrition Adjustment

 ($13,303)

($13,303)

0

 

Salary Funding from Other Line Items 

$0

($5,487)

0

 

Nonrecur Teacher Supplies Fund

($5,544)

($5,544)

0

 

Nonrecur one-time only Non-MFP support personnel salary supplement

$60,426

$60,426

1

 

Technical adjustment to transfer one (1) position with funding from the Administration Program to the Instruction Program

$87,809

$0

0

 

Technical adjustment to balance means of financing in budget request

         

$6,308,083

$6,767,593

139

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$327,796

$209,686

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 103.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 80.0% of the total request ($8,420,086) for this program. The changes in this program are primarily due to an increase in funding for acquisitions and major repairs, full funding of all recommended positions and the transfer of one position, including salary and related benefits, from the Administration Program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$28,567

 

Medical Services for the specialized medical needs of LSD students

$18,400

 

Other Professional Services for interpreter services

$3,200

 

Fees for officials at athletic events

$5,000

 

Fees for occupational therapists and physical therapists

 

 

 

$55,167

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$57,811

 

Professional Improvement Program salary increments for instructors

$125,329

 

Student transportation

     

 

 

 

$183,140

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$70,000

 

Xerox copy machine for print shop

$19,000

 

Minivan to transport students to local schools for mainstreaming programs

 

 

 

$89,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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