School Funding

COVID funding to help tutoring program

The Warren County School Board approved the transfer of more COVID relief funds to tutoring and summer school. Last year, the school board approved a plan for the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) 2 to allocate the funds.

Relief fund director Shea Panter presented the board with the same plan but with two riders that would allocate more money to tutoring and summer school. She said, “In the consent package, part of that is what we’re asking you to approve so we can move forward with the budget for ESSER 3.

“This money (ESSER 2) has to be spent by May 2024, and most of it is related to all these wonderful construction projects. There is also money set aside for tutoring before and after the We did it last and we did it again this year, budget for summer school, just in case the state doesn’t give us as much as they say.

She continued: “We just want to make sure we can support teachers and students throughout the summer.”

Schools principal Grant Swallows added: “Basically what Dr Panter said, we are transferring money for more tutoring. This is something that our schools have asked for. There are certain things coming our way that we need to be prepared for.

Swallows continued, “At the end of the day, you’re approving the same plan you approved last year with just these two minor changes. This needs to be approved so we can move forward with budgeting for this school year.

School board member James Bennett asked for clarification: “That $13 million, is that the amount you have left right now? Does that include all ongoing projects in the $13 million? Or is it, I guess what I’m trying to say, is the money already approved for our current projects and you have plenty left? »

Panter replied, “That’s what’s happening this year. So we started with 18, now we’re down to 13 million, but that’s all factored in.