Legislative budget analyst Paul Headlee told JFAC members this morning that of the $51.6 million in federal jobs funds that became available to Idaho school districts to save jobs, about $13.7 million have been drawn down by the districts, leaving $37.8 million; the funds can be spent between now and the first three months of fiscal year 2013. However, when Rep. John Vander Woude, R-Nampa, noted that the breakout showed the Kuna school district hadn't spent any of its jobs money but the district told him it's spent half, Tim Hill of the state Department of Education said the payments are processed only every other week, so additional amounts could have been spent since the last report. The state budgeted as if districts would spend half that money this year, and half that money next year, in fiscal year 2012.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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