The Clark-Shawnee Board of Education accepted a generous donation of CARES Act Community Relief funds from Springfield Township during a board meeting on Tuesday, November 17.
The funds will be used to purchase equipment for sanitizing and social distancing and devices to support remote learning and instruction, said Superintendent Brian Kuhn.
“We are grateful to our partners at Springfield Township for their continued support of education in our community,” Mr. Kuhn said. “The CARES act donation will enhance our response to the COVID pandemic and our ability to keep our students, staff, families, and community healthy and safe.”
The CARES Act Community Relief funds are what’s known as “Use it or lose it” monies, meaning that it must be spent by a certain date - in this case, December 30, 2020 - or returned to the grantor. Clark-Shawnee will use the money to purchase:
Floor Scrubbers and Kaivac Units to meet the cleaning/sanitizing needs associated with safely reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
Floor Mat Cover System for the North Gymnasium at Shawnee High School to allow additional cafeteria space for increased social distancing during lunch
410 student computers to support remote/virtual learning
85 teacher devices to support remote instruction
“This particular CARES Act is… going to bring a lot of trust to families and lives,” said Trustee Jim Scoby, who attended the meeting with Trustees Tim Foley and John Roeder. “This is a blessing, a blessing from God, and I believe this grant can be used to help our children in the future.”
Scoby noted that safety is a top priority for the Township and also thanked the Township’s Fiscal Officer, Mark Smith, and Attorney, Andrew Pickering, for their work on the project.
“Thank you just doesn’t seem to be strong enough,” Board President Judy Pierce said.