Mississippi receives federal education funds

By: Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  Mississippi schools will receive $98 million in federal funding in 2010, and Governor Haley Barbour has a strong advisement regarding the spending of the funds.

Barbour informed school boards and superintendents of the application for the $98 million dollars of federal money last week, but cautioned districts to save the money for fiscal year 2012 when the state will face more difficult financial burdens.

Another limit to the funding is it can only be used to hire and rehire employees. Superintendent of Lamar County School District Ben Burnett says he plans to advise the school board to save the funds.

"Right now, Lamar county school district gets $2.2 million of our state money from the stimulus money, so that will be gone out of next year's budget. So, my recommendation to the school board will be that we put this money towards next years budget where we will not have to have discussions about salary reductions or jobs losses for next year," said Burnett.

The U.S. Department of Education requires the money be spent by September 2012. Overall, the state potentially faces a one billion dollar shortfall in fiscal year 2012.

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