Davis announces more than $550K in federal COVID-19 relief funding for area schools, intermediate unit

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the disbursement of $566,212 in federal COVID-19 relief funding for area schools.

Davis said the funding will help the respective districts and intermediate unit prepare for and address the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

“With a new school year on the horizon, school districts are working overtime to ensure the safety of students and teachers alike amidst this global pandemic,” Davis said. “This funding will work tenfold in allowing the school districts in our community to be adequately prepared for the new school year, while also working toward the forward academic progression of all students in the Mon Valley.”

Funded using federal emergency relief dollars, the local grants announced today include:

  • West Mifflin Area School District – $156,220
  • South Allegheny School District – $68,149
  • McKeesport Area School District - $88,316
  • Clairton City School District - $98,007
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 - $155,520

Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, including the number of economically disadvantaged students and other school enrollment data under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The act requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities.