ARPA Federal Funding Totals Half Million for Bedford Schools’ Covid Relief

The Bedford Public Schools have received more than half a million dollars through the federal American Rescue Plan Act to offset expenditures made in response to the coronavirus.

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.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763


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