Missed deadline could cost Richland One millions in funding

Missed deadline could cost Richland One millions in funding

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Education says Richland County School District One missed a very important deadline that could cost them millions.

Education officials say the district had until Aug. 15 to submit a spending plan for Title 1 funds. The federal government gr ants those funds to help disadvantaged students in the most impoverished districts.

An Education Department spokesman says they worked with the district, but the district still missed the deadline to submit a plan for $3.8 million in federal funds.

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The district now risks losing those funds altogether unless it makes quick corrective actions by Sept. 30. If that happens, this mishap will be nothing more than a "learning experience" for the district, because it won't lose the funds.

"We have begun reviewing our internal systems and processes related to this issue, and corrective measures will be put in place to ensure that this does not happen again," said Karen York, spokeswoman for the District.

The Richland One Board of Commissioners is set to meet Tuesday night in a special called meeting.

The Department of Education says it'll continue to work with the district to fix the problem.

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