Sainato: More than $15.6 million to Lawrence County schools to support continued learning during pandemic

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 15 – Lawrence County school districts will receive approximately $15.65 million in federal funding under the CARES Act to ensure students have the resources they need to continue learning during the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today.

Sainato said the funding will help the districts overcome ongoing challenges created by the pandemic.

“Our schools have faced extreme financial burdens because of the pandemic, and those will continue in the months ahead,” Sainato said. “This funding is going to help ease those burdens and allow our dedicated educators to continue providing quality curriculum.

“The funding can also be used to ensure that our students have the safest possible learning environment, to bolster after-school programs and to support food service, technology equipment and other essential resources. I’m encouraging school districts to apply as soon as they are able.”

Sainato said districts will receive the following funding:

  • Laurel School District - $720,600.
  • Mohawk Area School District - $1.25 million.
  • Neshannock Township School District – $494,882.
  • New Castle Area School District - $8.88 million.
  • Shenango Area School District - $1.42 million.
  • Union Area School District - $914,362.
  • Wilmington Area School District - $1.97 million.

The funding is part of $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to K-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts and charter schools may use ESSER food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.

To promote equity, efficiency, transparency, and local flexibility, PDE will administer 100 percent of ESSER II funding through the Federal Title I, Part A formula which considers the number of low-income students served by school districts and charter schools. Each entity will receive an amount proportional to federal Title I, Part A funds received in the 2020 fiscal year under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Additional information about the funding is available