Dublin City Schools and 10 new employees recently benefited from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Dublin City Schools and 10 new employees recently benefited from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

School board members approved contracts earlier this month with the 10 employees, all funded through the ARRA.

"We applied for it and we will be receiving just about $2.1-million for a two-year period," district treasurer Stephen Osborne said.

The district is receiving money from federal programs such as Title I that grant funding to ensure economically disadvantaged students meet state academic standards. The funds came from the ARRA through the Ohio Department of Education.

Districts throughout the state could apply for the funds, but had to meet requirements, said Eydie Schilling, Dublin's executive director of learning and teaching.

"There are criteria they look at for Title I (funding) like the number of students on free and reduced lunch," she said. "There are other criteria for special education."

Schools have to identify where the funds will be spent. In Dublin, they will be spent on additional staff, resources and professional development, Schilling said.

The staff members hired with stimulus funds include a coordinator for the district's Power Plus program and West Bridge Academy, which caters to non-traditional education and students with developmental disabilities, Title I teachers and intervention specialists.

The 10 staff members are on replacement contracts limited to the two-year timeframe of the grant.