Pa. schools to get billions in COVID-19 relief aid
Blair districts in line to receive nearly $40M
Nearly $40 million is heading for Blair County public school districts from the American Rescue Plan of 2021 Act, with more than half of that going to Altoona Area, according to an online database.
The Altoona Area School District is expected to receive more than $24 million.
AASD Community Relations Director Paula Foreman said the district is “very appreciative of the federal government’s efforts to support public education during the pandemic.”
Foreman added that “funds will be used for several purposes,” including mental health services and access to technology equipment in addition to after school and summer programs for learning recovery.
The Hollidaysburg Area School District is set to get $4.4 million, Tyrone Area nearly $3.7 million, Spring Cove nearly $2.8 million, Claysburg-Kimmel nearly $2.4 million, Bellwood-Antis $1.4 million and Williamsburg Community $1 million.
Those figures came by an online database by PennLive.com, using estimates by the House Democratic Appropriations Committee.
Pennsylvania is slated to receive more than $13.4 billion of the $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 relief package, just signed by President Joe Biden. Pennsylvania schools are to get about
$4 billion of the state’s total.
Schools are required to put 20% of the money toward learning recovery, which local school districts have been planning in the form of remedial summer school programs.
At AASD’s regular board meeting last week, Superintendent Charles Prijatelj announced that a “full” plan is in the works for the district’s learning recovery program this summer.
Also last week, the Hollidaysburg Area School Board approved the district’s summer school plan, which will include a virtual option.
Mirror Staff Writer Andrew Mollenauer is at 814-946-7428.
By the numbers
Altoona Area $24,179,472
Hollidaysburg Area $4,427,234
Spring Cove $2,758,728
Tyrone Area $3,662,213
Williamsburg Community $1,036,604
Bedford Area $3,341,748
Chestnut Ridge $2,843,964
Everett Area $2,577,339
Northern Bedford County $1,683,862
Tussey Mountain $1,738,657
Central Cambria $2,540,527
Cambria Heights $1,849,303
Northern Cambria $2,287,674
Penn Cambria $3,150,786
Portage Area $1,899,007
Moshannon Valley $1,997,501
Philipsburg-Osceola Area $3,556,266
Huntingdon Area $4,542,637
Juniata Valley $1,466,477
Southern Huntingdon County $2,316,144