ESSER Dollars Help the Davenport Schools
Pandemic Coordinator Bill Schneiden says the district has spent, and can spend the money on a wide variety of programs, including broadband access for students, building repairs and air quality, and medical supplies.
"We hired online interventionists which were teachers who actually monitor students progress that are doing online learning and provide them with additional support or interventions on a regular basis."
Some of the ESSER money can only be spent on specific programs and needs.
"20 per cent of that money at a minimum, or in our case right at 10 million dollars, needed to be spent on what they were calling 'lost learning.' And that's the idea of giving kids opportunities to pick up what they lost during the pandemic in terms of achievement and learning."
Schneiden says the Davenport district has also spent money on replacing textbooks, new library books, headsets and webcams, and after school programs. And it's hiring new teachers for reading and early literacy.
The deadline to spend all this money is June of 2024.