Longietti: More than $16.5 million in CARES Act funding allocated for Mercer County schools

HERMITAGE, Jan. 15 – More than $16.55 million in funding to Mercer County school districts and schools will ensure area students continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding to seven school districts and one charter school will help them meet new challenges created by the pandemic.

“School districts face tough challenges under any circumstances, but as a result of the pandemic, districts, officials and educators have been confronted by a slew of new logistical and funding issues. The grants announced today are going to allow districts to allocate resources where they are most needed to keep students safe and engaged, and it will allow officials to do comprehensive planning needed for the year ahead.

“I’m encouraging all districts to apply for the funding as soon as they are able.

“I am also looking forward to my new role as Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee and the opportunity it will give me to help districts in Mercer County and throughout the state overcome the challenges facing them.”

Longietti said districts will be able to apply for the following amounts:

  • Farrell Area School District – $3.7 million.  
  • Greenville Area School District – $2.1 million.
  • Hermitage School District – $1.6 million.
  • Keystone Education Center Charter School $337,520. 
  • Reynolds School District – $1.7 million.
  • Sharon City School District – $5.3 million.
  • Sharpsville Area School District – $1.2 million.
  • West Middlesex School District – $1.1 million.

The funding is part of $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to K-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts and charter schools may use ESSER food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.

Additional information about the funding is available here.