The mission of the Residential Services Program is to provide child care, social education and recreational activities designed to stimulate a homelike atmosphere while concurrently reinforcing the educational needs of curricular programs.
The goal of the Residential Services Program is to continue to furnish meaningful social, cultural, recreational, and educational experiences outside of school time that are beneficial to the total education of the child who is hearing impaired.
Included in this program are child care services, social education and recreational activities through the Student Center, as well as 24-hour medical and nursing care for all students enrolled in the Louisiana School for the Deaf. While the school is not prepared to accept large numbers of multi-handicapped students with severe medical problems, some special services are provided. Medical and health services for students include an infirmary for inpatient care, general health care instruction, physical therapy, and dental care. The Student Center is designed to furnish those social, recreational and total educational experiences which are ordinarily provided for the hearing child in his home, church and community activities, with the underlying philosophy of "learning while playing".
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Residential Services Program will ensure that residential costs will not exceed 23% in FY 1998-99.
2. The Residential Services Program will ensure that the student/staff ratio for the night shift will not exceed 13:8:1 in FY1998-99.
3. The Residential Services Program will serve approximately 152,210 meals in the school cafeteria In FY 1998-99.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Residential Services Program, through the Student Activity Center activity, will provide workshops, seminars, and immersion activities for hearing impaired students.
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: Extended School Year Program (ESYP) in compliance with the Laura I. consent decree; the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B which provides funds to assist in providing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children; Professional Improvement Program (PIP) which aids in the development of educators and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The fees and self-generated revenues funding this program are derived from family learning workshops and employee maintenance collections.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 103.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 77.9% of the total request ($3,386,758) for this program. The changes in this program are primarily due to the full funding of all recommended positions and an increase in funds for civil service job reallocations. The remaining difference is due to statewide adjustments.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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