Local Schools, Career and Tech Centers Receive State Grants to Meet COVID-19 Challenges

HARRISBURG – Several local schools and career and technical centers were awarded state grants this week to help meet the health, safety and educational needs of students as they reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Fourteen grants were awarded to local schools and education entities through the Continuity of Education Equity Grant program. Funding can be used to purchase equipment such as tablets, internet hotspots and other home learning aids, as well as other instructional materials. Local recipients include:

  • Bentworth School District $32,450.
  • Bethlehem-Center School District $41,450.
  • Brownsville Area School District $32,600.
  • Burgettstown Area School District $27,000.
  • California Area School District $10,000.
  • Carmichaels Area School District $36,923.
  • Central Greene School District $47,150.
  • Charleroi School District $23,900.
  • Fort Cherry School District $28,800.
  • Intermediate Unit 1 $14,688.
  • Jefferson-Morgan School District $21,800.
  • Ringgold School District $29,000.
  • Western Area CTC $10,000.
  • West Greene School District $21,000.

“School shutdowns during COVID-19 created serious challenges for local educators because many of our school districts did not have the resources they needed to meet the educational needs of students,” Bartolotta said. “These grants will help level the playing field and ensure local students are not left behind.”

In addition, funding for career and technical centers was announced this week to implement public health and safety plans to help keep students, faculty and staff safe and assist these institutions in meeting the unique challenges of providing instruction during COVID-19. Funding for these grants comes from Pennsylvania’s share of money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Grant recipients include:

  • Beaver County CTC $119,044.
  • Greene County CTC $30,419.
  • Mon Valley CTC $46,047.
  • Western Area CTC $71,207.

“As Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, I have seen firsthand the value that these schools provide in helping to connect students with quality careers,” Bartolotta said. “I appreciate the fact that this funding will ensure students can continue to learn in the classroom with the proper precautions in place to protect the health of students, teachers and staff.”

 

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