All military and civilian employees, (including contractors) who are parents or legal guardians of school-age children attending public schools in grades K-12 should be on the lookout for the Federal Impact Aid survey cards which have already been distributed in Okaloosa County and will be distributed soon in Santa Rosa County.
These cards are sent home from school with your children.
Data received from the Federal Impact Aid survey cards is a source of desperately needed funding for our local schools. For our schools to be awarded the maximum amount of funding available, all you have to do is fill out the card and return it to your child's school. Cards must be returned for the data to be collected that will qualify our local schools for the additional funding that is offered under the Federal Impact Aid Program.
The data received determines the amount of additional funding local schools are allocated to help off-set the tax revenue that is lost due to the tax exempt status of the Federal property located in the school district. Simply equated, the more military dependent and federally connected students living in and reported by the school district the more funding the district receives.
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