St. Paul Board Of Training Approves Plan For Spending $207M In COVID Reduction Funding – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The St. Paul Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday evening approved a plan to spend more than $ 200 million on federal COVID-19 relief funds.
The board said its plan has four priorities for spending $ 207 million on the American Rescue Plan over the next three years: safely reopening schools, addressing unfinished learning, building “lasting, equitable teaching and learning systems,” and social emotional needs support.
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“We believe the strategies we propose will help us achieve our goals as a district,” Superintendent Joe Gothard told our students, families, staff, and the community in general. “
Of the $ 207 million, about $ 88 million goes into what the board calls “quality education.” This includes $ 24.5 million in direct funding for schools, $ 23 million in basic reading and math, $ 17 million in teacher development and more.
Approximately $ 67 million will be spent on school safety, including $ 42.3 million on building maintenance cleaning. Fifteen million dollars will be allocated to COVID-19 emergency funds. The district will allocate $ 700,000 for transportation, including route incentives for bus drivers, to help address the ongoing shortage.
More than $ 11 million will be allocated to “targeted student services” such as special education and multilingual learning. Another $ 11 million will be used for family services and community partnerships.
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The district has allocated nearly $ 10 million in “systemic equity,” half of which will be used to develop and implement a “district capital plan.”
Eight million dollars will be used to support mental health services and social emotional learning.
Districts must reserve 20% of funds to address “learning loss”.
The district said it considered more than 11.00 responses from students, families, teachers, and other school staff in developing the plan.
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You can read the full plan here.