Federal funding used to ensure the health and safety of students and staff

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Groveport Madison Schools staff are using federal funding to strengthen the school for students in the district.

The district received federal funding from the Elementary and Junior High School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

“This money will be used to help the district prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Galilee Ogden, director of Globeport Madison.

Ogden emphasized that ESSER was funded by the federal government and was not funded by the district’s general financial resources for the projects listed below. She also said there were no plans to require voters to approve operating taxes by 2024.

Last fall, Groveport Madison received $ 1.9 million in ESSER1. It was used to pay teachers working at the Cruiser Digital Academy and to provide personal protective equipment to protect them from the coronavirus.

This spring, the district received $ 8.3 million in ESSER 2 funding. This money is being used to fund the entire district this summer. CruiserConnect program (see the story of this program on the Messenger website). Pay eight coaches for teachers to assist in classroom reading and math teaching and technology integration. 200 preschool computer tablets. Refunds for lost and repaired Chromebook computers. Update staff Chromebooks as needed.

“The ESSER2 Fund has also helped pay for the massive facility construction that will take place in our building this summer to create a safer and healthier environment for students and staff,” Ogden said. I will.

These district-wide facility projects include: HVAC improvements that help clean school air by eradicating viruses, bacteria, bacteria, and mold. Replace fluorescent lights with more efficient LED lighting (except high schools that already have LED lighting). Replace the toilet faucet with a touchless faucet and replace the sink if necessary. More personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Replace the drinking fountain with a new fountain containing a touchless water bottle filler. Additional furniture as needed. Features requested by students, such as a lunch table that allows space for adequate social distance. New phonics kit for grade K-2. Six aides working with children who need a sensory break and a place to refocus before returning to the classroom (one at each elementary school). A computer hotspot for students who do not have internet access at home. Arc detector for junior high school, high school and toilet.

“The improved HVAC system means cleaner air for children,” says Ogden.

“As we move around the system, we take in more air to disinfect it,” added Jamie Groove, Deputy Police Officer Globeport Madison.

Jeff Warner, Communications Director at Groveport Madison, said the new full-spectrum LED lighting will create a better learning environment for students and save district utilities.

According to Ogden, the idea of ​​installing an arc detector came from students worried about arcs and smoking at school.

“Arc detectors can detect smoke from marijuana, e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and fire. They can also detect loud noises,” says Ogden. “The detector notifies administrators, staff, principals, and school resource personnel. If something happens, we can take immediate action.”

Paving work being carried out at Dunloe Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Groveport Madison Schools)

Part of ESSER 2 funding is directed to work in several specific school buildings, including: Improved asphalt needed for paved playgrounds in elementary schools in Asbury, Dunloe, Glendening and Groveport. Roof replacement at Sedalia Elementary School. Groveport Elementary Gym and auditorium HVAC improvements. We have replaced the old 2-classroom modular unit at Globeport Elementary with a new 4-classroom modular unit that includes a toilet.

“Groveport Elementary’s new modular offers more space and better heating and cooling than the old modular,” said Ogden.

“Replacing modular classrooms can reduce pressure on the building, but it’s not a long-term solution to school district classroom overcrowding,” Grube added.

Felicia Drummey, Treasurer of Groveport Madison, said these ESSER2 funds must be exhausted by September 2023.

ESSER3 funding
In March 2021, the district was informed that it could receive $ 18.9 million in funding for the Federal American Rescue Planning Act ESSER3, which must be spent by September 2024.

Ogden said decisions on how to spend this money would require input from the Globeport Madison Board of Education and the community. Citizens will be invited to speak at the Board of Directors meeting at Globeport Management Office 4400 Marketing Place Suite B at 7:00 pm on June 22nd.

“We are also sending surveys to families in the district asking students how they want to see how this money is spent,” Ogden said. “The survey will be posted on our website gocruisers.org and will also be emailed to family and staff.”

The ESSER 3 Fund plan must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education by August 20th. The district will also post plans for a direct school return this fall on its website by June 24th.

“Our ultimate goal is to bring our children and staff back to the classroom in a healthy and safe environment,” said Ogden.

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