State Reps. Krueger, Kirkland announce more than $100K in grants for Delaware County schools

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger and Brian Kirkland announced a pair of grants for local school districts to improve educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic at schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

“State support for our school districts during this health emergency is not only key for our students, teachers and school administrators, but it is vital for our entire community,” Krueger said. “It’s important to remember that our students don’t live in a bubble, they interact with their parents, neighbors and grandparents. Public education is essential and we need to find a way to safely continue education while limiting the spread of this deadly virus.”

Kirkland added: “Today’s announcement is a much-needed boost for local school districts. It approves funds for schools around the state that need a hand in providing the resources necessary to allow our children to continue to learn while slowing the spread of COVID-19 during this health pandemic.”

The grants announced included:

  • Chichester School District, Chichester High School: $90,250.
  • Penn-Delco School District, Sun Valley High School: $43,693.

Today’s grant announcements approved $17 million to help 220 local education agencies, including school districts, throughout the state. Grant recipients will receive direct communication from the Pennsylvania Department of Education with eGrant application instructions.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds.

Under Every Students Succeeds Act, states develop plans to designate schools for support based on student groups in key areas, including academic achievement, graduation rate and regular attendance. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners and students with disabilities.

Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, which includes school enrollment data like the number of economically disadvantaged students.