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Grant could mean $18.9M for schools
Grant Swallows
Grant Swallows

The finishing touches are being placed on a grant that could net Warren County Schools nearly $19 million.

Director of Schools Grant Swallows said during Monday’s School Board meeting that the ESSER 3.0 grant is due this Friday and school officials are “almost ready to push that button” to submit their application.

“That’s the third pot of money we’re receiving from the federal government,” said Swallows.

It’s the third pot and clearly the largest as the school system is in line to receive $18.9 million. If awarded, the three ESSER grants will net Warren County Schools a total of $29 million.

Much of the money has been used for capital improvement projects at schools. There has been no shortage of projects, including an expansion at Eastside School, and a new roof and renovation project at WCMS.

A portion of ESSER 3.0, an estimated $3 million to $4 million, is to be earmarked to overcome learning loss created by the pandemic.

A part of the ESSER 3.0 process involved obtaining community feedback and Swallows was thankful for all the people who took time to fill out a survey. He said those who completed a survey included 312 families, 244 school staff members, and 15 elected officials.

In other items of interest, Swallows mentioned system-wide student enrollment, which continues to increase. He said as of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, the school system had 6,059 students. 

Swallows said he expects that number to increase even more as students get settled over the next week.