Griffin-Spalding Schools to consult community on spending American Rescue Plan funds

Griffin-Spalding County School System is asking for community members’ opinions regarding spending of federal funds received due to the pandemic.

The district is holding two meetings via Zoom on July 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and is open to all parents and community members, according to a Facebook post-Tuesday. The meeting will allow participants to share their thoughts and concerns about federal funding and how the district should spend it.

The Department of Education announced in a Mar 17 press release K-12 schools would receive pandemic relief from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan —  with the state of Georgia receiving over $4.2 billion. 

“These funds from the American Rescue Plan and the extraordinary steps the Department is taking to get these resources to states quickly will allow schools to invest in mitigation strategies to get students back in the classroom and stay there, and address the many impacts this pandemic has had on students—especially those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic,” Secretary or Education Miguel Cardona stated in the release.

According to the state education board dispersal list, Griffin-Spalding Schools will receive $32,796,518 in American Rescue Plan funds compared to Atlanta Public Schools’ $201,373,053 and Decatur City Schools’ $2,446,124.

Attendees can RSVP ahead of time here to receive the Zoom link and log in information. 

For more information, contact Melissa Owens at 770-229-3710 ext.10363 or by emailing melissa.owens@gcsc.org

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