COLUMBUS — The state Controlling Board on Tuesday (Aug. 25) approved another round of federal funding to support Ohio’s efforts to control the COVID-19 outbreak as school districts prepare for fall semester.
“This school year is landing hard for many of our Mahoning Valley families,” state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said in a news release. “I’m thankful these increased resources will be available to our local schools to help them problem-solve during this chaotic time.”
The Controlling Board approved federal funds from the CARES Act for the following agencies and programs to respond to the COVID-19 crisis:
- $175 million for Ohio’s local governments;
- $97.5 million to the Ohio Department of Health to cover costs of expanded COVID-19 testing;
- $30 million to the Ohio Department of Education to reimburse schools for providing meals to students during the summer and $18 million in grants to help offset ongoing costs local school districts are faced with;
- $30 million to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to fund the Child Care Grant Support to aid child care providers that choose to maintain reduced ratios and class sizes, as well as $9 million to support child care costs for school-age children impacted by remote learning and $1 million to fund the Trauma-Informed Certificate, ensuring all children service providers are trauma-informed to receive federal funds.
“COVID-19 has left our local governments financially struggling to make ends meet,” state Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, said in a news release. “This critical relief will significantly help them bounce back from the challenges they have faced when it comes to supporting our communities.”