PLATTE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FINALLY APPROVE CARES GRANT
FUNDING FOR TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Seven months after receiving Federal grant funds that were intended to be passed on to local units of government, like school districts, to cover COVID-19 related expenses, your Platte County Commissioners finally approved funding for two of the four school districts located in the county.
On Monday, November 23, the Commission approved awarding $87,300.11 to the West Platte School District and $67,039.83 to the North Platte School District to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
West Platte will use the funds to cover $74,300.11 they have already spent for items like personal protective equipment, plexiglass dividers, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Another $13,000 in funds will also allow them to purchase and install air duct ionizers, which must be accomplished by the grant deadline of December 31.
North Platte will use the funds to cover $67,039.83 they have already spent for items like distributing lunches to children, computers for distance learning, personal protective equipment, and disinfecting supplies. They also created some outdoor classroom areas, a distance learning curriculum and hired additional substitute teachers.
So, for the last 7 months, these school district officials were making plans and taking actions without knowing if any of the CARES funds would be available for them as was intended by Congress when they established the grant program. Perhaps the air duct ionizers could have already been purchased and installed at West Platte if funding had been made available at the beginning of the school year.
The deadline for applications from local units of government seeking CARES funding from the Commissioners is November 30. As they are submitted and approved, we will see what other needs have been ignored by the Commissioners for the last seven months.