Local Schools Districts Win More Than $770,000 in Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Nine areas school districts and an intermediate unit that provides some of them with a variety of services have been awarded more than $493,000 to help students with special needs who may face pandemic-related challenges during the new school year, and some will share an additional sum of more than $277,000 to support educational services for economically disadvantaged students.

For special needs students

Getting checks from Gov. Tom Wolf’s Emergency Education Relief grants, this one to pay for compensatory services for students with special needs, are these school districts:

  • Boyertown Area, $93,427.28;
  • Daniel Boone Area, $22,558.88;
  • Owen J Roberts, $66,051.48;
  • Perkiomen Valley, $57,240.36;
  • Phoenixville Area, $40,112.23;
  • Pottsgrove, $26,332.24;
  • Pottstown, $41,782.19;
  • Spring-Ford Area, $129,716.96; and
  • Upper Perkiomen, $15,936.76.

The special needs money can be used to provide “enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs,” and “services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior or a lack of progress due to mandatory school closures.”

For under-served students

That’s not all. Scheduled to receive checks from another program within the governor’s funding, to improve services for historically under-served students, are the:

  • Pottsgrove School District and Pottsgrove High School, $58,465;
  • Pottstown School District and Pottstown Middle School, $104,075;
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, $66,770; and,
  • Daniel Boone Area School District and Daniel Boone High School, $48,324.

“While all schools have been impacted this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools that have been identified … as needing extra support are facing additional challenges,” Gov Tom Wolf said. “This funding will help these high-need schools as they put systems in place to help students while we work to control the spread of this virus.”

The separate grant announcements were made only five days apart, on Aug. 20 and 25 (2020) respectively.

Photo supplied by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office