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Allentown School District Receives $9.8 Million in Emergency Funds

Allentown School District Receives $9.8 Million in Emergency Funds
Posted on 05/05/2020

Allentown School District announced today that through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), ASD can expect to receive $9.8 million to help alleviate the unprecedented fiscal challenges of COVID-19. Superintendent Thomas Parker and Board President Sara-Jane Brace joined Congresswoman Susan Wild for the virtual announcement. 

“The Allentown School District extends our gratitude to  Congresswoman Wild for her continued commitment to the students & families in our city. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, we applaud her efforts and advocacy on a national level,” said Thomas Parker, Superintendent of the Allentown School District. “It is extremely difficult to remain on course during a crisis situation.” he continued. “As we work to develop a new normal for our students, this funding will allow us to develop quality programs despite the uncertainty of what is to come.”

With this legislation and the financial support that is attached, ASD remains committed to a number of our District priorities outlined in our Strategic Framework. Funding will be used to create opportunities and increased access to early education learning, college, and career access initiatives, as well as a meaningful family and community engagement.

PDE’s application for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund totals $523.8 million which will be shared with districts across the state. According to the PDE, districts can use the funds for “a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.”

“As Board President, I know we still have challenges ahead in our district,” said Sara Jane Brace, President of the ASD Board of Directors. “This emergency funding will go a long way to help ASD recover in a number of ways.  Perhaps more importantly, the funding will allow our board to remain focused on our commitment to excellence for our students, families, staff, and community members as we continue to lead during these unprecedented times.”

Under the requirements of the CARES act, ASD will submit an application to PDE in order to obtain the allocated funding, once the United States Department of Education approves the state application in the next week.