With federal funds, district hopes to avoid takeover

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County schools officials said Monday the $100-million in Covid federal relief funding has been received by the district.

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Addison Davis said the funds have been deposited and that this will allow the district to avoid a state takeover.

“This funding means that the district will have to continue to input mitigation strategies,” Davis said. “Because as we look at years to come, we still have to be able to face an make certain that we have organizational control internally to continue to be proactive to ensure that we’re not in the same place that we faced last year.”

The district still has to submit a financial plan to the state’s Department of Education this week. Officials said some of the federal funding will go toward technology and summer learning programs.  

Some of the funds also likely will be used to retain staff.

District officials said they will know more about job vacancies by the end of the week.

They are hoping to be able to “add back” some of those who’ve been laid off.

School officials have met multiple times in recent weeks to discuss its financial woes.

The mood among school administrators was increasingly optimistic last week as they crunched the numbers. They say literally every day they’re saving money and getting closer and closer to their goal.