Over $4 billion was allocated to the state of Pennsylvania to address the impacts of COVID-19 on area schools. Many schools in our area projected to receive a bulk of that money.
The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials revealed their projections for schools set to receive money from the American Rescue Plan.
Among the schools in our area, Greater Johnstown School District is projected to receive over $26 million and the Altoona Area School District projected to receive over $24 million.
Bedford Area School District $3,382,353
Brookville Area School District $3,391,529
Forest Hills $3,447,701
State College Area School District $5,278,293
Clearfield Area School District $7,139,364
Punxsutawney Area School District $9,255,277
DuBois Area School District $10,750,292
Altoona Area School District $24,473,270
Greater Johnstown $26,209,462
Many school districts are planning on how they will spend this money.
The state requiring schools to use 20% of the funds towards learning loss. That estimates to be over $4 million for the Altoona Area School District.
“We’ll be looking at technology if needed, kids who need it for distant learning hotspots chrome books, that kind of thing. Also, we’ve already started extensive after school tutoring with our teachers,” said Dr. Charles Prijatelj, Superintendent of the Altoona Area School District.
That also means a free summer school for students to finish courses and recover credits.
Though they’re in the early stages of figuring out where this money can be used, the future looking brighter moving forward.
“These funds are going to be available for 2 or 3 years. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to effectively use it to get us as much quality and stability for the district moving forward,” said Dr.Prijatelj.