TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The American Rescue Plan will reimburse local school corporations for COVID-19-related expenses.
"It's a reimbursable type of approach," says Lafayette School Corp. Supt. Les Huddle. "We aren't going to get one big check to put in the bank."
LSC will receive the most money at $17.4 million.
"We must use at least 20 percent of our fund allocation for remediation ... to enrich and kind of address that learning loss that everyone wants to talk about now," Huddle says.
As News 18 previously reported, many students have fallen behind while learning remotely during the pandemic.
LSC will use some of the money to expand summer school to every grade and every building.
"We're going to have nurses available, we're going to have food service available and again, another part of the expense is we're also going to transport kids," Huddle says.
As News 18 previously reported, local elected officials say they need more information on how they can spend money from the American Rescue Plan. Local school leaders agree.
"One thing we don't want to do is spend all this time planning and then some of those plans have to be thrown out the window, if you will, because what we would like to get done may or not be eligible," Huddle says.
Tippecanoe School Corp. will receive $11.3 million. Supt. Scott Hanback says the corporation will use some of the money to also expand summer school and offer a jump start program for elementary school students.
"There will be students that will be able to come in and receive services ahead of the school year ... think of it as kind of getting a head start on the school year," Hanback says.
West Side schools will receive $1.4 million. Supt. Rocky Killion wants to use the money to reimburse pandemic-related costs.
"All total we're probably about 1.1. million dollars more in expenditures this year than last year and yet we have reduced funding because we have a lower enrollment because of the pandemic," he says.
Killion also wants to offer mental health services to students returning to school in the fall.
"To help our students no only excel academically but have the emotional and mental health resources available," he says.
The money is allocated based on school corporations' percentage of low-income students. The money can be spent through September 2024.