The Union Local School District is seeking public input for the use of federal dollars for Titles I, IIA, IID, IV, V and IDEA-B for the 2012-13 school year.

Title I funds are used to provide reading/math intervention for elementary students and professional development for staff.

Designated Title IIA funds reduce class size and provide professional developmental activities to improve teacher quality.

Title IID funds support the technology needs of the district and provide professional development.

Safe and Drug Free Schools programs are supported with Title IV monies.

Title V, Innovative Programs, supports the purchasing of school library materials and supplies for before and after school intervention programs.

The purpose of Part-B dollars is to help pay for the excess cost of providing special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities ages three through 21. Monies may be used to provide supplementary aides and services in a regular class or other education setting to a child with a disability to meet that childs unique needs as identified through their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Funds may also be used to support professional development activities to general and special education educators and families of children with disabilities.

The school district welcomes any suggestions or questions regarding the expenditure of these funds at the June 28 Board Meeting to be held in the High School Library at 6 p.m. Questions may also be directed by phone to Everett Mace, Coordinator of Special Education/Federal Programs at (740) 782-1978 ext.28 or by mail at 66779 Belmont-Morristown Rd. Belmont, Ohio 43718.

Anyone who knows of a child or youth, ages 3 through 21, who is handicapped or is suspected of having a handicapping condition, should call the above number.

Handicapping conditions, as defined in the Operating Standards for Ohios Schools Serving Children with Disabilities include: autism, cognitive disability, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment.