CECSD provides update on federal fund spending

(Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith/The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland Enlarged City School District (CECSD) provided an update on how the district plans to spend its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding at a community stakeholders meeting Monday evening.

CECSD business administrator Kristopher Williamson conducted a brief presentation on how the school district will be spending its close to $5.7 million in ARPA funds ($5,699,639) over the next three years.

A breakdown of Williamson’s presentation can be seen here.

Williamson noted the funds will be spent on a variety of student and faculty/staff resources within the school district. More importantly, Williamson added, the ARPA funds will cover health, wellness and learning resources as the district continues to conduct in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the close to $5.7 million in ARPA funds received, CECSD plans to spend $1,695,129 during the 2021-22 school year ($1,223,435 spent so far), $1,951,400 for the 2022-23 school year, and $2,053,110 for the 2023-24 school year.

Williamson mentioned at the end of the presentation that CECSD will hold community stakeholders meetings “every six months” to continue providing updates on ARPA fund spending.

Below is a video of Williamson’s presentation in CECSD’s junior/senior high school library Monday evening.