Federal Stimulus Funds
The Averill Park Central School District received stimulus funds as part of the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations. A large portion of these funds must be used for specific state-regulated purposes, such as for providing summer enrichment and afterschool programs, addressing learning loss, and more. The district presented its plan publicly at its June Board of Education meeting.
More than half of the $4.6 million has been earmarked for Student Academic Growth. This will fund programs such as a K-8 Summer School program (2021 & 2022), additional AIS Staff, purchasing an academic universal screening tool, bringing back the AMS CARES program, and adding Special Education staff.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) efforts include adding two K-12 SEL coordinator positions, purchasing an SEL screening tool to better identify and support the SEL needs of our students, and materials to support new SEL initiatives being added in all schools.
COVID-19 funds are going toward providing alternative education settings for students who are unable to attend in-person learning this school year, classroom furniture to support social distancing measures, academic support for students in quarantine, PPE Equipment, a module for our transportation system to better track school bus attendance, and a special education teacher dedicated to providing support for virtual and quarantined students.
Professional Development includes items such as district collegial leadership, the addition of a teaching and learning cabinet, and a wide array of professional development opportunities for our staff to expand their teaching practices to support student learning.
Classroom Technology accounts for 9.5% of the funds and will address the improvement of classroom technology that is outdated and no longer supported by the manufacturer.
To view the District's Federal Stimulus Plan, click here.
To view a detailed breakdown of where funds will be distributed, click here.