Burns: $23 million awarded to local schools to help students

Funding awarded from federal COVID relief, can be used for many things

EBENSBURG, Jan. 15 – More than $23 million in COVID relief funding to help schools better serve students during the pandemic is coming to local districts, state Rep. Frank Burns announced Friday.

“Our schools have incurred massive costs and incredible logistical struggles to safely educate students throughout the pandemic,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “As time wears on, their needs have only grown. This funding is critical to provide everything from adequate technology for remote learning to school meals for students facing hardships at home.”

School districts and charter schools may use the funding for a wide range of activities, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.

However, school districts must apply to PDE to obtain their allocated funds. The application process will be posted on the PDE website.

Local school funding allocations include:

  • Cambria Heights School District, $913,086
  • Central Cambria School District, $1,254,375
  • Conemaugh Valley School District, $1,019,453
  • Ferndale Area School District, $1,297,143
  • Forest Hills School District, $1,681,853
  • Glendale School District, $762,834
  • Greater Johnstown School District, $12,785,465
  • Penn Cambria School District, $1,555,688
  • Portage Area School District, $937,627
  • Westmont Hilltop School District, $989,769

Throughout the pandemic, Burns has fought to secure funding for local schools, businesses, communities, and organizations. He has also worked in a bipartisan manner to fight for Pennsylvania businesses, and to advocate for commonsense measures to combat the virus.