ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : FIN-08-037

Date Created : 10/18/2007

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: Classroom teachers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
   
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - Dr. Bobbie Davis, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Education

Regulatory Authority:
Act 799 of 2003

Contact Person:
John Kunkel

Phone Number:
501-682-4256

E-mail:
john.kunkel@arkansas.gov

This memo is to notify districts that, in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. 6-16-1101, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has received $707,203 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. These funds were generated from fines, fees and costs arising out of convictions of persons violating state laws protecting game, fish and wildlife. The funds are to be distributed back to the counties where the offenses occurred.

Ark. Code Ann. 6-16-1101 establishes guidelines for Fish and Wildlife Education programs. The ADE, in consultation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, shall establish school education programs for fish and wildlife conservation and for other purposes consistent with Amendment 35 of the Arkansas Constitution. The act also requires the ADE to distribute funding to the counties where the offenses occurred. Attached is the funding distribution by county. Shortly the ADE will send the funds to the county Treasurer.

The statute requires the counties to distribute all of the funds to the school districts or conservation districts, or both, within the counties in the manner prescribed by ordinance of the county quorum courts. The ADE defines that a school district shall be within the county where the primary administrative office is located.

The ADE in consultation with the Game and Fish Commission has approved the following programs:

Educational Programs offered by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission that meet Conservation Education Criteria for Fine money allocations for Counties.

Wings Over Arkansas
Contact: Kirsten Bartlow, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
e-mail kpbartlow@agfc.state.ar.us

WILD Workshops
Contact: Pat Knighten, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (870) 917-2085
e-mail paknighten@agfc.state.ar.us

School Yard Habitats Site Development
Contact: Pat Knighten, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (870) 917-2085
e-mail paknighten@agfc.state.ar.us

Total Outdoor Teaching Experiences (TOTE)
Contact Pat Knighten, Project WILD Coordinator
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (870) 917-2085
e-mail paknighten@agfc.state.ar.us

On Target For Life- Archery/P.E. Program (additional matching money is available through AGFC)
Contact: Joe Huggins, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 223-6414
e-mail jghuggins@agfc.state.ar.us

Hunter Education
Contact: Joe Huggins, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 223-6414
e-mail jghuggins@agfc.state.ar.us

Boating Education
Contact: Bob Cushing, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 223-6495 (Free program)
e-mail bcushing@agfc.state.ar.us

Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs
Contact: Dawn Cook, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 223-6313
e-mail ddcook@agfc.state.ar.us0

Arkansas Stream Team Program
Contact: Steve Filipek, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 223-6369
e-mail sfilipek@agfc.state.ar.us

Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program
Contact: Chuck Woodson, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (501) 978-7326
e-mail: cwoodson@agfc.state.ar.us

4-H Responsible Environmental Stewardship Quest (RES-Q)
Sponsored and Funded by AGFC, Arkansas 4-H, and U of A CES
Contact: Justin Pitman, Arkansas 4-H Center (501) 821-6884

Nature Mapping
A partnership program with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service/ Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Contact: Justin Pitman @ Arkansas 4-H Center, (501) 821-6884
Becky McPeak @ U of A Cooperative Extension Service (501) 671-2000

Specialized Conservation Education/Educator Training Workshops
A partnership with County Conservation Districts
Contact: Pat Knighten, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (870) 917-2085
e-mail paknighten@agfc.state.ar.us

Also, funds can be utilized to provide avenues for teachers/educators to take students on field trips to AGFC Nature Centers and Education Centers.

District officials should contact the Quorum Court with suggestions concerning the best method of distributing funding provided by this statute. The Department of Education does not have a role in the process of determining the allocation of the funding. All questions concerning the individual county allocations should be directed to the Quorum Court.

Funding received and expenditures for this program are restricted and must be reported using the REVENUE CODE 32260. If funds are not used in a fiscal year, districts may carry the funding forward to be used for the same purpose originally intended.

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