State bureau aids in school reporting
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Education’s Bureau of Federal Compliance has begun its second year in helping local school districts meet their reporting requirements for the federal Department of Education. The Bureau provides technical assistance, guidance documents, and other educational opportunities to assist local schools in understanding how to manage federal grants.
“Last year, the Bureau conducted 71 on-site monitoring visits, and every school had reporting problems that we helped address,” said Bureau Administrator Timothy Carney. “In most cases, schools needed to update their policies and procedures in order to ensure compliance with federal regulations, and prevent any problems in applying for future federal grants.”
Federal law requires the New Hampshire Department of Education, as a pass-through entity, to monitor sub-recipients of federal funds, such as local school districts, to make sure they are using them for authorized purposes and in compliance with federal statutes and regulations. A 2016 audit revealed that New Hampshire did not have adequate monitoring in place, leading to the creation of the Bureau of Federal Compliance.
“Federal grants come with very specific reporting requirements for how time and effort is tracked, how procurement is completed, and for how inventory is managed,” Carney added. “It’s our job at the Bureau of Federal Compliance to help local school districts put the right procedures in place to avoid any compliance issues down the road. We encourage districts with a question about federal compliance to reach out to us.”
The Bureau of Federal Compliance plans to conduct at least 65 additional on-site monitoring visits during the 2019-20 academic year, and is available to advise local schools.
Color race supports recovery
WINDHAM — Victory Over Addiction hosts its third annual one mile and 5K family friendly Run 4 Recovery Color Race on Saturday, Sept. 7 at noon at Windham High School on London Bridge Road.
The event is organized by Windham High student members of Victory Over Addiction, helping support addition recovery in the community and around the state.
The first two events raised more than $13,000. The race is noncompetitive so participants can bring a watch for accurate timing. Sunglasses, goggles or other eye wear are recommended and those taking part in the race should wear white clothing as they will be showered with colored powder throughout the event. Entry fee is $20 with 100% donated to Victory Over Addiction. Visit victoryoveraddiction to learn more.
Board accepts xylophone
DERRY — The Derry Cooperative School Board approved a donation for the district of a xylophone, coming to Derry's West Running Brook Middle School from Hillsboro/Deering High School. This will be the second instrument of this type for West Running Brook.