Wapello School District plans to use ESSER funds to maintain payroll staff and infrastructure


WAPELLO – A plan to use more than $ 840,000 in federal emergency relief funding for elementary and secondary schools continues to be developed.

Wapello School District Superintendent Mike Peterson told the school board on Wednesday that he and the rest of the district administration team had started to identify some positions that could be turned into intervention stations.

These transitional positions could be funded by ESSER funds and potentially keep some employees on the payroll. Peterson reminded the board at its last meeting that a drop in enrollment meant the district would have to cut the 2022-23 fiscal year budget by $ 100,000.

He had said that would correspond to two positions.

Some board members have called for using ESSER funds to hire additional interventionists to help students who are behind due to COVID-19.

Other board members suggested it might be difficult to spend nearly $ 1 million by the June 30, 2023 deadline and offered to use the funds for infrastructure projects. qualified, such as air conditioning or other air quality improvement efforts.

In a step in that direction, Peterson and buildings and grounds manager Rich Lugo were scheduled to meet with a representative from a company on Thursday that offered to conduct a facilities survey at no cost.

If the district agrees to carry out a project described in the study, then the company would be hired as the project manager.

In another action, the board unanimously approved several new hires. These included Michael Horton, junior boys basketball coach; Scott Kirby, Junior High Language Arts, Start of Second Semester; and Kenny Marlette, junior basketball player. Marlette sits on the school board and he abstained from voting.

The proposed hiring of athletic director Michelle Wade as head softball coach was presented for the second consecutive meeting. A decision is expected to be made at the January board meeting.

The board also approved the routine review of several policies dealing with employee wages, insurance and other matters.

An offer of $ 52,800 from Midwest Tennis and Track of Denison for track maintenance work has been approved. Officials said the work would be completed next summer. It had been eight years since the last major maintenance on the track was carried out, officials said.

This article originally appeared on The Hawk Eye: Wapello School District Considering Use of ESSER Funds at School Board Meeting


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