2023 is Almost Over!

It’s hard to believe 2023 is almost over, and half of the school year is gone.  As the calendar year wraps up, what is happening in federal programs?

For many of us, December has been filled with working with schools to finalize their schoolwide plans, completing the Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) surveys, and requesting ESSER II late liquidation.  In addition, those of us with schools in school improvement have been working with the MDE Office of School Improvement and the schools on the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) requirements.  All of this, on top of ensuring the federal grants are being implemented with fidelity and that funds are being spent in the necessary, allowable, and allocable ways, has made for a busy half-year.

What’s coming up in the New Year?  We will look at FY24 reallocations, FY24 School Improvement applications, and conduct diligent searches for equitable services.  In addition to these activities, many will consider revisions to the ESSER ARP grant.  This is the last year of ARP.  All funds must be obligated by September 30, 2024, and liquidated by December 30, 2024.  For those considering moving unobligated funds, don’t forget that ARP has the 20% learning loss required allocation.  This may impact how you decide to move funds.  Look closely at your FY24 personnel, ensure you have sufficient funds for this year’s salary, and move any additional funds to expendable areas.  In addition, keep in mind that funds should not be used for computer programs that extend past the obligation period of the grant.  Since the programs are considered a contractual service, the contract period cannot extend past the closing date of the grant.

Since everyone has had such a busy year, I offer suggestions for your holiday break.

  • Ignore all school-related emails (at least for a few days!!!).
  • Fill your time with people you love and be present in the moment.
  • Find time for yourself.  Rest and get some sleep.
  • Have fun and laugh!
  • Sing loudly and joyfully.
  • Dance and embarrass your family!
  • Enjoy the Christmas lights and music.
  • Soak in the season and rejoice the Baby was born!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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