Mullery announces state funding for area schools to improve educational services during COVID-19 pandemic

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State funding of $465,098 has been awarded to four schools throughout the 119th Legislative District to provide extra support for educational services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, announced state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne.

“We are starting a new academic year while fighting COVID-19, and whether students begin by virtual education or by returning to the classroom, it is critical that every child still has a path to success,” Mullery said. “I remain committed to ensuring all schools have every resource available, so nobody gets left behind in these unprecedented times.”

The four schools receiving the funds are:

• Greater Nanticoke Area Senior High School: $68,038.

• Hanover Area Junior Senior High School: $68,246.

• Hazleton Area High School: $228,982.

• Wyoming Valley West Senior High School: $99,832.

These schools have been designated as schools for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of the GEER funding.

To date, Pennsylvania has awarded $87.5 million in GEER funding to help keep students and educators safe and meet the unique challenges of the COVID-19 health emergency. More information on the grants is available here.