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Hudson school officials weighing how to spend $6M in federal funds

Jul 20, 2021 6:00 am

Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson City School District has nearly $6 million of federal stimulus funding to allocate during the next two to three years and it is required to get community feedback for some of the funding. The district is set to receive one-time federal funding through the American Rescue Plan of just over $4 million, and almost $2 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act. The plan released by the district this month does not include any funding allocations. HCSD Business Administrator Jesse Boehme said a survey requesting that community members prioritize categories to use the American Rescue Plan federal funds closed on June 12 and the plan that was released on July 1, was based on that survey feedback. However, the spending checklist came without cost approximates. The district says it will purchase COVID-19 supplies, review upgrades to HVAC systems, purchase cooling units for the 1997 addition to the elementary school to improve air filtration and ventilation, purchase reusable and disposable masks for students and staff, and purchase an 18-passenger van. It plans to spend money on Chromebooks and licenses, desktops and Chrome Boxes, IT infrastructure requirements, and upgrades to Promethean Boards and monitors. The district plans to hire a guidance counselor for college and career readiness to assess the impact of the pandemic on students, plus a Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Manager and provide training for faculty, students and staff. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.