04/18/2016 – Translation Station

Vendors Potentially Exceeding $100K in Aggregate Purchases for Title I

 04/18/2016 – Work/Business
eboard link icon Agenda Item – Vendors Potentially Exceeding $100K

  • EDMAT COMPANY
  • EDMEMTUM HOLDINGS, INC.
  • SCHOLASTIC EDUCATION
  • LAKESHORE LEARNING MATERIALS
  • MCGRAW-HILL SCHOOL EDUCATION
  • RENAISSANCE LEARNING
  • TRANSLATION STATION INC
  • TRIUMPH LEARNING
  • TEACHER CREATED MATERIALS INC

Questions and Answers

Georgia Law on Local Government Budgets – Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts – “Special revenue fund” means a fund used to account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources, other than those for major capital projects or those held by the government in a trustee capacity, that are legally restricted to expenditure for specified purposes.

Question: What are the revenue sources for the SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS?
Answer from Dr. Michael Bell: The revenue sources for the Special Revenue Funds are:
*Federal Grant Funds – (Presently budgeted at 88.2 million)
*State Grant Funds – (Presently budgeted at 24+ million)
*Locally generated funds – (Presently budgeted at 15+ million)

Question: What specified purpose is this fund restricted to?
Answer from Dr. Michael Bell: The Special Revenue Fund is principally used to account for grant funded efforts and, on a local basis, the After School Program and the Summer School program and reserves. Federal and State funds principally come to the School District through the State DOE.

Question: TRANSLATION STATION is one of the vendors in agenda item c.12. What services are provided by TRANSLATION STATION?
Answer from Cynthia Brictson: Special Education uses Translation Station for interpretation services during IDEA related meetings (SST meetings where special ed testing is being considered, testing for EL students, eligibility meetings and IEP meetings) for students aged 2.5 years to 22 years old.

Question: One of the PROJECT/DEPT_DESCRIPTION in the Vendor Spend Report for TRANSLATION STATION is “SPECIAL EDUCATION-VIB FLOWTHROUGH”. What services are provided under “SPECIAL EDUCATION-VIB FLOWTHROUGH”?
Answer from Cynthia Brictson: Special Education uses Translation Station for interpretation services during IDEA related meetings (SST meetings where special ed testing is being considered, testing for EL students, eligibility meetings and IEP meetings). Special education VIB Flowthrough is our IDEA grant. We use funds from this grant to pay for our interpretation services.

Question: Some of the checks to TRANSLATION STATION are paid from TITLE I funds. How do TRANSLATION STATION ser-vices qualify for TITLE I funds?
Answer from Cynthia Brictson: Special Education uses Translation Station for interpretation services during IDEA related meetings (SST meetings where special ed testing is being considered, testing for EL students, eligibility meetings and IEP meetings). Special education VIB Flowthrough is our IDEA grant. We use funds from this grant to pay for our interpretation services.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act formally NCLB specifies that information must be provided to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand. Title I: Im-proving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged outlines the following information in regards to transla-tion and interpretation.

  • Information regarding achievement on academic assessments. Annual State and local educational agency report cards.
  • Information pertaining to Parents’ Right-to-Know (professional qualifications of their child’s teacher, notice that the child has been taught by a teacher who is not “highly qualified,” etc.).
  • Information in the school’s Title I plan.
  • Information pertaining to status of the child’s school and if it is identified for “school improve-ment,” information on what this means, the reasons for the identification, what the school district and state are doing to address the problems identified, how parents can become involved to help, and an explanation of the parents’ right to transfer their child to another school.
  • Information on the availability of supplemental educational services, identified approved providers, and a brief description of the services. For students receiving supplemental educational services, information on their progress.
  • Information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities and notification of the dis-trict’s parental involvement policy.
  • Meaningful consultation with parents of Title I participating children on the planning and implementation of parental involvement programs, activities and procedures.

Title I schools and the Title I central office utilize Translation Station for parent and community notifications.