School Finance


ARRA SFSF Monitoring Survey due October 31

Monday, October 3, 2011, 4:55 pm

As prime recipient of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) must monitor its sub-recipients' compliance with several key requirements of the program.  OPI has developed a survey in the MAEFAIRS system to collect information about a school district's use of the ARRA SFSF funds.

School districts received ARRA SFSF funds in FY2010 and FY2011 as part of the general fund direct state aid payment.  The survey for SFSF funds received during FY2011 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011) is now open in the MAEFAIRS system.  Log in to the MAEFAIRS system at https://data.opi.mt.gov/Maefairs/frmLogin.aspx.  Place your cursor on Data Entry and click on the ARRA SFSF Monitoring Survey.  Choose the legal entity from the drop down box.  Read the instructions on the General Info tab and complete the report.

For FY2010, school districts responded to two areas of questions:  1) SFSF Procedures and Uses, and 2) Education Reform Areas.  We have prefilled the FY2011 survey with the responses provided on the FY2010 survey.  Please review and modify your response as necessary before submitting the FY2011 survey to OPI.

Completion of the survey is mandatory for all sub-recipients of ARRA SFSF funds (special education cooperatives are not required to complete the survey).  OPI recommends the district superintendent and clerk/business manager work together to answer the survey questions.

The report must be submitted to OPI no later than October 31, 2011.

For more information, contact Brenda Thomas, (406) 444-4524