Editor’s Note: In the May 4th election, registered voters residing in the Sidney City Schools District will be asked to approve a 0.75% income tax levy. Every week for the weeks leading up to the election, the Sidney Daily News will publish a school district-provided tax question about the tax.

SIDNEY – Doesn’t distance learning save money? And what about the federal money that schools received from the Coronavirus Law on Aid, Aid and Economic Security (CARES)?

Distance learning has not saved the district any money. In some ways, district costs have increased to meet students’ distance learning needs.

• Although approximately 14% of K-12 students study remotely, the district staffing levels remain the same.

• The bus routes have remained completely intact despite some of the students studying from a distance.

• The teachers in grades 5 through 12 teach both in person and online, sometimes at the same time.

• Yje District has secured grants to offset technology purchases and support face-to-face and distance learning.

At Sidney City Schools, costs have also increased due to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment (PPE), increased cleaning and disinfection, and catering services.

Sidney City Schools received federal funding of $ 652,607 under the CARES Act. While this money has helped offset the increased costs noted above, the CARES Act funds may only be used for COVID-related expenses. It cannot be used to fill salaries / benefits or utilities. The money from the CARES law does not make up for the cuts or cuts in the state budget that are necessary to stabilize our budget.

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Sidney City Schools will call on voters to approve a 0.75% income tax levy to generate $ 3.3 million per year in support of the district’s activities.

For more information about the Sidney City Schools drop-off, visit www.sidneyschoolslevy.org.

This is part of a series of weekly questions and answers. Please check back every week to find out more.