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Program B: Instructional Services

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Instructional Services Program is to provide a specifically designed regular instructional program for grades pre-school through 12, as well as alternative programs for multi-handicapped students who are unable to benefit from the graded curriculum.

The goals of the Instructional Services Program are:

1. Maintain both a regular graded education sequence (K-12) and an alternative sequence within the guidelines and regulations set by BESE for all elementary and secondary education programs statewide.

2. Provide for related services required under state and federal law, and provide for all blindness adaptation skills unique to the school.

3. Provide statewide pupil appraisal and evaluation services, and serve as the premier resource center for all local education agencies.

The Instructional Services Program provides instruction based upon skill and competencies appropriate to each grade level of subject matter as defined in the school's curriculum guides and provides educational support services including: statewide assessment, counseling, and classroom intervention, speech and language therapy, arts and crafts, and orientation and mobility.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Instructional Services Program will have 80% of alternative students achieving at least 70% of annual IEP goals.

1 Figures as listed in Act 18 were prepared using an estimated 1998-99 student enrollment figure, and using staffing levels at the time of the 1997-98 budget preparation.

2 Figures listed in the existing column are based on current student enrollment and staffing levels.

2. The Instructional Services Program will demonstrate that at least 90% of those students eligible for remediation instructions as a result of failure on the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) test will be successful on the next attempt in FY 1998-99.

1 Figures as listed in Act 18 were prepared using an estimated 1998-99 student enrollment figure, and using staffing levels at the time of the 1997-98 budget preparation.

2 Figures listed in the existing column are based on current student enrollment and staffing levels.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Instructional Services Program will maintain a student to instructional staff ratio of 1:2:1

1 Figures as listed in Act 18 were prepared using an estimated 1998-99 student enrollment figure, and using staffing levels at the time.

2 Figures listed in the Existing column are based on current student enrollment and staffing levels.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Instructional Services Program will improve the inservice training program by increasing the number of training sessions from 1 to 3 to allow for more specialized training and at the same time accommodate daily staffing requirements.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with the general fund and interagency transfers. The Department of Education transfers funds to this program for the Professional Improvement Program. In addition, the Department of Education, through Subgrantee Assistance, transfers the following to this program: funding for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B), which provides grants to states to assist them in providing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children; funding for Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA) to address national education priorities; funding for the Extended School Year Program (ESYP), in compliance with the Laura I. consent decree; and monies from the program for Drug Free Schools and Communities. Also, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education transfers funds to this program from the Louisiana Support Education Fund [8(g)].

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,775,669

$1,961,309

41

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$1,775,669

$1,961,309

41

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$23,414

$2,124

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$2,356; Replacement/New: +$25,770)

$17,492

$18,100

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$92,537

$92,537

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$146

$127

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($275)

($275)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund salaries

$16,065

$16,065

0

 

Termination Pay

$42,693

$42,693

0

 

Group insurance increase for retirees

 

 

 

 

 

$1,967,741

$2,132,680

41

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$192,072

$171,371

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 108.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 76.3% of the total request ($2,795,625) for this program. The changes are primarily due to the full funding of all recommended positions, an increase in termination pay and an increase in group insurance for retirees. The remaining difference is due to statewide adjustments.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$4,350

 

Medical Services for ophthalmological evaluations, neurological, occupational and physical therapy for LSVI students

 

 

 

$4,350

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$2,167

 

Louisiana Quality Support Education Fund [8(g)] instructional expenses

$74,054

 

Professional Improvement Program salary increments for instructors

$7,384

 

Student transportation for mandatory homegoings

 

 

 

$83,605

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$25,770

 

General fund to purchase instructional equipment

 

 

 

$25,770

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES


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