School to budget $6M in stimulus funding

The district is receiving community feedback for part of its federal funding. File photo

HUDSON — The Hudson City School District has almost $6 million of federal stimulus funding to budget over the next two to three years and is required to gather community feedback for some of the funding.

The district has a total of $5,910,815 to work with, according to the school district.

The district is set to receive one-time federal funding through the American Rescue Plan of $4,089,782 to be spent between March 13, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2024. The district is also scheduled to receive $1,821,033 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act to use between March 13, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2023.

The district on July 1 released a federal spending plan for the American Rescue Plan Funds, adding comments should be submitted by email to communications@hudsoncsd.org.

The plan does not include any funding allocations and district Business Administrator Jesse Boehme said Thursday the district does not have cost breakdowns and is in the phase of getting input from the community.

Boehme also said the district does not have estimates of what the different allocations could cost.

The district is not required to post a plan for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act funds, Boehme said. He said the district is working on a plan for the money.

The American Rescue Plan funding requires a community engagement process.

A survey asking community members to prioritize categories to use the American Rescue Plan federal funds closed on June 12.

“District administrators have begun to develop a plan in the best interest of our student population but there is much more thoughtful planning to be done,” the district wrote June 2 with the survey release. “We value your input as we work to maximize the funding provided in the best interest of our students’ safety, social-emotional health and academic success.”

The district released the plan based on the survey feedback on July 1, but the different ideas for the money do not come with cost approximates.

In the plan, the district says it will purchase COVID-19 supplies, review upgrades to HVAC systems, purchase cooling units for the 1997 addition of the elementary school to improve air filtration/ventilation, purchase reusable and disposable masks for students and staff, and purchase an 18-passenger van.

The district is looking at the many requirements for the van and seeing if its possible, Boehme said. The van was a request from the community.

For educational technology, the district plans to spend the money Chromebooks and licenses, desktops and Chrome Boxes, IT infrastructure requirements, and upgrade Promethean Boards/monitors.

As for addressing impacts of the pandemic on the students, the district plans to hire a guidance counselor for college and career readiness. The district also plans to hire a Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Manager and have training for faculty, students and staff. These counselors will be sustained beyond the federal funding period.

The district plans to also use the money for summer school with transportation, after school enrichment, extended school day program and night school alternative program, as well as a summer kindergarten preview academy for incoming students.

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