Carthage ISD has opened a community survey to help the district decide how it should use $6.59 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.
The two rounds of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds Acts (ESSER II and ESSER III for short) can only be used to address learning loss from COVID and the safe operation of schools.
“All funding will expire on designated school years according to TEA guidelines,” the district said. “CISD understands the use of the funds for ongoing purposes could result in funding deficits in future years after the funding expires on 9/30/2023 and it makes no assumptions that the state will provide replacement state funds in future years. The district would appreciate feedback from the community.”
Community members are encouraged to fill out the following survey, which can be reached via their Facebook page and website:
ESSER II funds total $2,030,855 for the school years 2020-22, while ESSER III funds total $4,561,012 for the school years 2020-2023.
Business Manager Kathy Worley told school officials in June the district would conduct surveys, talk to committees and the community and talk to school employees to see how to spend the money going forward.
The funds are restricted to things that will combat learning loss from the pandemic, like remediation programs, professional development and instructional coaches; things like social workers and nutrition; or for infrastructure needs like new HVAC systems that will improve air quality to reduce disease.