Julie Kirrane, director of finance for the schools, informed the School Committee of the grants at its meeting Tuesday. There were actually two awards, she said: $385,000 under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) and about $125,000 focused on special education.
These grants are intended to offset unbudgeted Covid-related contingency expenses, she said, including summer school.
Kirrane noted that usually there is a detailed budget review for the committee at the beginning of the academic year. But that has been delayed because “the budget is much more complicated,” owing to a number of fund transfers and significant hiring during the summer.
Details should be ready to report at the Sept. 28 committee meeting, when there will be a vote on a revised fiscal 2022 budget, she said.
Kirrane added that she plans a final review of the fiscal year 2021 budget with the committee at an October meeting.
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