From the GAO report, States Could Provide More Information on Education Programs to Enhance the Public’s Understanding of Fund Use, released July, 2010, the following information was collected via a GAO survey between March and April 2010 and through follow-up communications:
Greenville County Schools
Greenville, SC 29602
Award amount: $8,466,248
Greenville County Schools reported that it used its Recovery Act IDEA award to maintain the same level of Special Education Service delivery and support for Special Education students within the School District of Greenville County. These funds supported all preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a number of special centers in the district (98 locations total) and served 10,251 students as of December 1, 2009. Specifically, the funds were used to retain personnel, as well as provide instructional and contract services, and purchase instructional materials and equipment. They also provided in-county travel mileage for staff members. As a result of these IDEA funds, officials reported that the district was able to save approximately 100 jobs, many of which were classroom positions. They also said that these funds resulted in maintaining classroom sizes to prevent compromising Special Education Services. Officials indicated that their Recovery Act IDEA award activities were less than 50 percent completed.