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ANNOUNCING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR COVID-19 REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS

Wednesday, July 29, 2020  

ANNOUNCING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR COVID-19 REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS

Indiana ASBO was contacted two weeks ago by the Governor’s office regarding assistance to school corporations for the FEMA COVID-19 reimbursement process.  I virtually met with Sam Hyer, the Governor’s Senior Operations Director and liaison to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and two representatives from DCMC Partners, a consulting firm who has a contract with IDHS.  From that meeting a second virtual meeting was held with several IASBO members and the DCMC Partners staff to discuss the services that DCMC could provide to school corporations.  It was then decided to move forward with this program for Indiana schools.  The following announcement has been sent to all school corporations.  IASBO greatly appreciates the Governor’s office reaching out to us regarding this free service. 

Announcing technical assistance for COVID-19 reimbursement process

DCMC Partners will assist Indiana school districts

School districts across the state are working tirelessly to make re-opening schools and the safety of students a priority. To support this effort, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is providing additional resources to assist school districts as they request reimbursement through COVID-19 funding currently available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

IDHS is working with DCMC Partners to provide technical assistance, answer questions and help school districts with the process of applying for and submitting required documentation to substantiate funding requests.

School staff designated on a district's request for public assistance form will be contacted in the near future by a representative of DCMC Partners. This is not a solicitation. Their work is funded by IDHS and depends upon interaction with district representatives to help districts receive funding for eligible COVID-19 expenses. To maximize reimbursement potential districts are encouraged to engage with DCMC Partners when they make contact. 

Funding availability through FEMA was initiated through the emergency declaration made by President Trump on March 13, 2020. The program reimburses certain eligible costs for emergency protective measures required as a result of the COVID-19. This emergency assistance administered by IDHS.  

IDHS strongly supports education in Indiana, and will continue to provide this support at no cost to districts. Additional questions can be directed to Public Assistance Program Manager Carmen Goodman at 317-234-6477 or cgoodman@dhs.in.gov.


Need to start a request for public assistance? 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Request for Public Assistance application deadline has been extended to Aug. 31, 2020. FEMA has not set an end date for the current disaster.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance to state and territorial governments, tribal governments and local governments, including school districts.

FEMA has created the ability for an applicant to submit their own Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form directly into the Grants Portal (https://grantee.fema.gov/) and to create their own account with FEMA for this declaration, DR4515.

Potential applicants who have NOT submitted their RPA, please go in to the link provided in the guide book below and submit now. 

How to Submit a Request for Public Assistance


Additional Information

Calls have already begun to districts with a completed and approved RPA.

Eight DCMC Partner staff members will be working with school districts as part of this project. Districts may expect a call from one of the following individuals:

  • Adrian White
  • Alexis Williams
  • Bill Young
  • Gwen Lee
  • Kim Thomas
  • Michael Tellup
  • Sherterrius George
  • Valoria Bradford

POSITION OPENING

Position:          Internal Auditor
Corporation:    Valparaiso Community School Corporation

Purpose: The Internal Controls person will work within the school district to ensure compliance of internal control procedures and regulations.  The Internal Auditor will also assist management in the development of systems and processes that will improve efficiency and compliance.

 Responsible to: Chief Financial Officer
 
Salary:   $45,000 to $50,000 depending on experience
 
 Qualifications:
The Internal Controls person will demonstrate a high level of professionalism with advanced skills and talents, to facilitate the achievement of district business initiatives.

  1. Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Business Management or related field preferred
  2. Prior experience in school finance preferred
  3. Proficiency in using basic office equipment and technology including Word and Excel
  4. Must qualify for approval to be covered under an individual faithful performance of duty bond with a minimum coverage level of $100,000.
  5. Adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.
  6. Desire to continue career improvement.

 Essential Functions:
1. Knowledge, Skill and Abilities
a. Proactively identify opportunities for improvement and recommend action to the CFO.
b. Provide subordinates with professional development opportunities and support to achieve success in daily tasks and operations.
c. Communicate effectively with all the members of the school district and
community in both written and oral form.
d. React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
e. Manifest advanced skills in creating and updating extensive spreadsheet documents.
f. Appropriately utilize all equipment as required.
g. Support the value mission, vision, and goals of the Valparaiso Community Schools.
h. Comply with all district policies, rules and regulations.

Application link:          : https://www.applitrack.com/valpo/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Secretarial%2fClerical