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TYPE: Dollars

TERM: July 1 - August 31 of subsequent fiscal year

PURPOSE: Provides funding to identify students likely to drop out and to provide special alternative instructional programs for these at-risk students. Also provides funding for summer school instruction and transportation, remediation, alcohol and drug prevention, early intervention, safe schools, and preschool screening. These funds may not be used to supplant dropout prevention programs funded from other state or federal sources.

It is the intent of the General Assembly that each LEA has a School Safety Officer at each high school.

ELIGIBILITY: Each LEA is entitled to funding. To remain eligible for funds appropriated for the At-Risk/Alternative Schools allotment, local school administrative units must submit a report to the State Board of Education by October 31, of each year, detailing the expenditure of the funds and the impact of these funds on student achievement. (SB 622, Section 7.61(b))

FORMULAS: Each LEA is allotted dollars for a School Safety Officer (SS0) based on the number of high schools in the LEA that receive a principal allotment. For the purpose of this allotment, a high school is defined as any school which contains Grades 9 and 10 or grade 12. Funds are then allotted for students in treatment programs in accordance with SB 1356. Fifty-percent of the remaining funds are distributed based on the number of poverty children per the Title I Low Income poverty data. The remaining funds are distributed based on allotted ADM. Each LEA receives a minimum of the dollar equivalent of two teachers and two instructional support personnel (including benefits). No funds will be allotted on a competitive grant basis.


  1. Effective July 1, 2000, each LEA shall establish at least one alternative learning program/school.
  2. Senate Bill 765, Modified Section 1, General Statute 115C- 12(24) requires that LEAs shall use (i) the teachers allocated for students assigned to alternative learning programs pursuant to the regular teacher allotment and (ii) the teachers allocated for students assigned to alternative learning programs only to serve State Allotment Formulas Effective July 1, 2005 Allotment Policy Manual FY 2005-06 33 the needs of these students.
  3. The priority uses of the funds appropriated in this category shall be to...
    1. provide instructional positions or instructional support positions and/or professional development;
    2. provide intensive in-school and/or after-school remediation; and
    3. purchase diagnostic software and progress monitoring tools.
      (SB 622, Section 7.61(a))
  4. Funds cannot be transferred out of this category for any purpose. Funds can be transferred in.
  5. $500,000 is reserved for the State Board of Education to be used for special projects for At-Risk students.
  6. Unexpended funds as of June 30 will be reallocated under PRC 069 and will remain available for expenditure through August 31st. Balances from carryover funds remaining after August 31st will be reduced from the allotment. Reallocation of funds is contingent upon State Budget Office approval.