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Joyce Endee

School District to hold public hearing on COVID relief funds

July 29, 2021
The Gilford School Board will hold a public hearing on Aug. 2 to discuss the district's receipt of a third round of federal funds to offset expenses from the pandemic.

The district is expected to receive funding from Elementary and Secondary School Relief (ESSER) III funds and has scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. for using the funds.

ESSER Funds were approved as part of the federal CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ESSER funds can be spent on a specific programs and activities including technology, supplies and services for remote learning, mental health support, summer and afterschool learning, personal protective equipment, planning for longterm closures, and a number of others.

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, New Hampshire received $350 million available to schools around the state for the ESSER III funds.

This May the Gilford School Board approved the use of funds from the second round of funding, or ESSER II. Superintendent Kirk Beitler talked to the board during their May 3 about the renewed federal grant funds. Beitler suggested the board go through that list and decide what should be approved.

The board approved a several expenditures that would go several programs that were coming up before the end of the school year or during the summer. Some of the most pressing items were for end of the year celebrations at Gilford High School including $6,400 for prom expenses, $2,600 for graduation, and $2,150 for the senior bonfire. The school board approved these items.

The board also approved was $10,000 for personal protective equipment and $10,000 for cleaning supplies for the district.

The school board also approved $4,550.33 for middle school summer athletic camps, $3,375.25 for summer enrichment programs at the elementary school level, $11,000 for summer tutoring expenses at the elementary school level ($1,000 for supplies and up to $10,000 for staffing), up to $4,641 for the high school summer enrichment program, and others.

Discussion on the third round of funds will take place on Monday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School library.

For more information on ESSER III funds visit the NH Department of Education Web site at https://www.education.nh.gov/american-rescue-plan-act-elementary-and-secondary-school-emergency-relief-fund.

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