Air quality, mental health figure in pandemic recovery funds for schools

 FALLS CITY – The Falls City School Board members discussed possible uses for American Rescue Plan funds at a special meeting on July 12.

The federal government established ESSER funds in the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Falls City expects to be allocated $1.4 million by September of 2024.

Superintendent Tim Heckenlively said 80 percent of the funds can be used for projects to improve indoor air quality, guidance counseling and mental health services.

The remaining 20 percent is prioritized for instructional materials, summer school and instructional technology.

A school press release says the school’s Renewal and Acceleration planning team held a work session to prioritize school district needs and review a survey of stakeholders.