District Benefits from COVID-19 Relief Aid

District Benefits from COVID-19 Relief Aid
Posted on 07/28/2020
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(July 28, 2020) – The St. Joseph School District has requested $2.3 million in funding from Buchanan County through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act of which $1.4 million
has been approved. The district is hopeful the remaining funding will be imminent.

The SJSD Administration submitted a request to Buchanan County Commissioners for funding that will assist the district in expanding and delivering services to students and providing additional professional development for staff. Federal dollars will fund the areas of academics, technology, maintenance, student and health services.

Funds to local districts can be used for coronavirus-response activities, such as planning for and coordinating during long-term school closures, purchasing educational technology to support online learning and additional activities authorized by federal elementary and secondary education laws.

 “The funding our district is receiving through the CARES Act provides vital resources necessary to support students at this extraordinary moment,” said SJSD Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl. “Our students need additional technology – iPads and hotspots, our teachers will receive additional professional development training and schools need additional cleaning equipment and supplies. We plan to put this funding to good use and do what’s right for our students, staff, and schools.”

According to Dr. Gabe Edgar, SJSD Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations, making the most of every dollar is important during moments like these. “The measures we are taking to keep students and staff safe while providing the best education opportunities are critical and require significant financial support,” said Edgar. “We’ll leverage this funding with our current budget to provide help to those areas where it’s needed most.”

Buchanan County received and will distribute $10,249,541 to local entities to cover costs incurred due to COVID-19. “We are glad to be working with the school district and other districts within the county to help keep our kids safe and healthy,” said Lee Sawyer, Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner. “With the CARES Act funding this is a great example of how the money has been directed to be used for the citizens of Buchanan County. We have had great meetings and discussions with the leadership representatives of the schools.”

The additional grant dollars provided to the St. Joseph School District will also pay for the salaries of nurses and medical supplies to support the Community Health Clinic at Carden Park Elementary this fall. 

The SJSD Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the COVID-19 relief funding at its July 27 Board meeting.

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