Syracuse, NY – Syracuse schools are getting more than $ 100 million and they want parents to tell them how to spend it.
The money comes from American Rescue and Recovery Ac. The district needs to have a plan for how it will use the money by the end of this month. Syracuse will receive $ 128 million, but district officials said about 10 percent will go to the state, which must approve the district’s plan for the funds.
The survey outlines the county’s priorities for the money for parents:
- A full day summer program with academics in the morning and activities in the afternoon.
- Additional reading and math support.
- Additional support for English learners.
- Further excursions, sensory materials and teaching material.
- A virtual academy for high school students.
The district must use the money to help address the learning loss related to the pandemic and other pandemic-related issues and expenses. This can include things like improved ventilation, additional mental health services, and technology spending like the WiFi hotspots and computers the district bought.
In addition to the survey, parents and community members can participate in a Video chat with Superintendent Jaime Alicea on the funds on Wednesday.
The aid is the largest single aid that the traditionally underfunded district has ever received. The money is a quarter of the 2021-22 budget of $ 480.1 million. While the district must have a plan for the money by summer, it has until 2023 to spend the funds.
The district received far more money than others in Onondaga County, and to most in the state. Funding was based on the poverty level of the districts; 50% of the students in Syracuse District live in poverty.