New Solutions and Updates
Final FY2014 Section 8002 (7002) Payments Released
According to the Department of Education's notice: "Final FY 2014 Section 8002 (now 7002) Federal Property Program payments have been released and should be deposited in LEAs' bank accounts. Individual vouchers have been emailed.
Impact Aid program office staff will provide a payment update for subsequent fiscal years at the NAFIS Fall Conference for both Federal Property and Basic Support.
FY2016 Section 8003 Payments - The Department is currently releasing FY2016 initial and interim payments set at 75% of LOT and $1,000 per unit for children with disabilities. As of July 6, over $923 million had been released to 1,046 applicants.
FY2016 Section 8002 Payments - As of July 6, the Department has made FY2016 foundation payments totaling over $59 million to 187 applicants. The Department released final payments for FY2013 and adjusted final payments for FY2012 in June and plans to release final Section 8002 payments for FY2014 this summer.
FY2016 Section 8007(a), Formula Construction Payments - The Department released initial formula construction payments for FY2016 in early July. If your LEA has at least half of its student membership living on Indian lands, the initial rate is $100 per Indian Lands (Category C) weighted student unit. If your LEA has at least half of its student membership with a parent in the uniformed services, the initial rate is $210 per Uniformed Services (Categories B and D(i)) weighted student unit. Construction grant funds can be used for construction-related expenses, or debt service for construction.
FY2017 Application Amendments - No longer accepting new applications for FY2017; however school districts may make changes to their FY2017 applications until September 30, 2016, using www.G5.gov.
FY2017 Field Reviews - Certain FY 2017 applicants selected for field reviews received letters this spring requesting the supporting documentation for their applications. Please respond to these requests promptly, and follow up to resolve any issues.
Early Impact Aid Payment Requests
The Impact Aid office is now accepting early payment requests for Fiscal Year 2017 Impact Aid funding that will become available October 1, even under a Continuing Resolution. The Department will set an initial, low rate and distribute funding to school districts that have submitted the request. Only those school districts that will face a cash-flow shortage without Impact Aid funding before the end of the calendar year should submit an early payment request.
Requests should be sent by email to Impact.Aid@ed.gov, with the name and Impact Aid number of the LEA and the date by which the payment is needed.
FISEF Impact Aid Application Workshop - October 27-28, 2016 - Flagstaff, AZ
The Federally Impacted Schools Educational Foundation (FISEF) is coming back to Arizona in October!
FISEF has been working with AZSIAA Executive Director Larry Wallen to bring the FISEF Two-Day Workshop (most recently in Phoenix) up to Flagstaff. The meeting will be held on October 27-28, at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at 2225 N. Gemini Drive, in Flagstaff.
The meeting will cover recent changes to the Impact Aid law on Day One and on Day Two, instructor John Forkenbrock will help attendees estimate their school districts' Impact Aid payment for the coming year.
"We are looking forward to traveling back to Arizona," said FISEF Activities Director Bryan Jernigan, "especially since we've been told a majority of impacted districts are within driving distance of Flagstaff."
To register for the FISEF Two-Day Workshop in Flagstaff, please use this link.
News and Information
From the Executive Director
Greetings! The NAFIS fall conference is fast approaching. If you intend to participate with the ASIAA congressional visits, please send an email identifying the number of participants to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will divide into three groups on Monday at 4:15 pm (EDT), September 26, 2016 at the Arizona state meeting and select group leaders. We will review talking points representing Arizona. Should you have specific district concerns please schedule a separate appointment with your Congressperson. Mark the date for Capitol Hill visits Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
Larry E. Wallen
NAFIS Conference Hotel Sold Out
A Room With A View can be contacted at 1-800-780-4343, Monday- Friday 8am - 5pm CST. This is a Free Service for all NAFIS conference attendees.
From the NAFIS August 26 Newsletter
Find your Members of Congress: Visit the NAFIS Action Center to find your Members of Congress (one member of the House of Representatives and two Senators) by typing in your zip code into the "Find Officials" tab. Each Member profile contains a wealth of information including a bio, contact information, office locations, committee assignments, etc.
Find staff assignments: Scroll down the Member profile for staff portfolio assignments. It is common to meet with a staff member instead of the Member of Congress; they are often the experts on the issues and advise the Member of Congress how to vote on their issue area. In most cases, you will want to meet with the education staffer or the person who handles appropriations, military or Indian affairs. If you wish to meet with the Member of Congress, contact the executive assistant or scheduler. If you are scheduling a large group meeting (some NAFIS school districts attend meetings together), let the staff know in advance.
Contact the staff: The telephone number for the Washington, D.C. office is included in the Member profile. You can also search for information on the Member's official website (via: www.house.gov or www.senate.gov). Ask to speak directly to the staff member with whom you want to meet. Hill staff are busy and may be unavailable, so be sure to leave a message and follow up. Often, email is the best way to get in contact with Hill staff. The House and Senate use two different email formats for their employees. Generally, the format is as follows:
House emails: Firstname.email@example.com
Senate emails: Firstname_lastname@membersname.senate.gov
Membership: ASIAA emailed annual membership invoices June 7, 2016. Notices were emailed to the primary contact who is usually the Superintendent. If you have not received the email invoice, please contact me at 480-382-6460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting the association.
ASIAA Seeking Candidates to Board of Directors
Thanks to Robbie Koerperich (2017) and Jacob Boyle (2017), President and Secretary/Treasurer for their continued support of Arizona Impact Aid. Dr. Tommy Yazzie (2017) serves as Past President. The ASIAA proposed bylaws call for a President, President-elect, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Terms of each office is 2 years which commences starting from the time of their election to end of term. At the conclusion of the President’s two (2) year term the President becomes the “Immediate Past President.” The offices of President-elect and Secretary are currently vacant.
President Koerperich is entertaining candidates for the vacant offices. Please send an email indicating your interest. Officers must be the designated representative of their district and have paid dues to the membership. A General Assembly meeting is planned at the Rural Schools Conference September 15-17, 2016 to fill the vacancies. The bylaws read that the Office shall be declared vacant by the Board of Directors and the Board may appoint another voting member from the General Assembly to fulfill the remaining term of office. The appointees would serve until the annual meeting of the General Assembly scheduled for December or at another meeting of the General Assembly. Officers may be re-elected to successive terms.
The ARSA/ASIAA Conference - September 15-17, 2016
The conference will be held at Little America Resort in Flagstaff, AZ. The general membership meeting will also be at the Little America Resort at 8:30 a.m. on September 17, 2016. Please register for the conference.
FISEF - Good Idea Grants Open
Bryan Jernigan announces the opening of FISEF grants through the end of December 2016. FISEF Good Idea Grants are available for teacher projects in federally impacted school districts in amounts up to $3,000 each. Bryan will explain the grants at the NAFIS fall conference. Must be a member of NAFIS to participate.
School Board Nominations to NAFIS Board of Directors - NAFIS Fall Conference
After the First General Session Sunday, September 25 at 4:15 pm, school board members will meet to nominate their candidate to the NAFIS Board of Directors. To vote on the NAFIS School Board position nomination, school district NAFIS dues must be paid or an active purchase order must be on file with NAFIS. Prepare before the conference. Who from Arizona can be nominated to the Board?
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40th Annual Law Conference
Arizona Rural Schools/ASIIA Conference
NAFIS Fall Conference
FISEF Impact Aid Application Workshop
September 7 - 9, 2016, Phoenix, Az
September 15 - 16, 2016, Flagstaff, Az
September 25-27, 2016 Washington, DC
October 27-28, 2016, Flagstaff, Az