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Federal funds drop for ATSI schools — Lipsey, Alexander will be affected

Two schools in the Brookhaven School District are looking at fewer federal funds this year, according to a presentation by Director of Federal Funds Rob McCeary during a Tuesday meeting with the Board of Trustees.

Lipsey Elementary School and Alexander Junior High both qualify for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement Funds under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act passed into law in 2015.

According to documents published by the Mississippi Department of Education, an ATSI school is one whose 3-year average subgroup performance is at or below that of all students in the bottom five percent of Title IA Schools.

There are three categories of schools to receive additional funding through the ESSA —Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI).

Funding for ATSI schools can vary because they are the last of the three categories to receive money.

“We have to get everything from TSI schools and CSI schools because those are the focuses, and the ATSI schools get the money toward the end,” McCreary said. “(ATSI is getting) $12,000 less per school than it was last year. So you’re looking at somewhere between $52,000 and $55,000 — depending on where you’re looking at — per school.”

McCreary said AJH and Lipsey qualify for the grant based on the population of students with disabilities. The schools will use the funds to provide extra tutoring and other services to struggling students.