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Public Hearing on Use of ESSER III Funding

The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:

Stakeholder Notification of Hearing on ESSER III Use

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) program provides funding to Local Educational Agencies like the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB).  This funding is to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.  ESSER III is the third allocation of funding disbursed through this program.  PSB will receive a total of $3,667,338 from ESSER III, to be used by 09/30/2024. One of the primary uses of ESSER III includes learning recovery; at least 20% of the funding must be used for this purpose.  Beyond this, funding can be used to prepare schools for reopening, COVID testing, sanitation/cleaning supplies, and school repairs and upgrades to improve air quality in school buildings.

 

In Spring 2021, as the district was developing its budget for the 2021-2022 year, the projections were that the total ESSER III funding would be needed to fund the 21-22 PSB operating budget due to ongoing revenue shortfalls in the Town.  As discussed in prior School Committee and Finance Subcommittee meetings, those budget projections have shifted somewhat. 

 

For the 2021-2022 school year,  ESSER III will fund 28.6 educators who provide literacy support via research-based practices at a cost of $3,288,832.  This use meets the ESSER III stipulation that at least 20% of the money be used for learning recovery; PSB will shift these literacy positions to an alternate funding source in SY 22-23. 

 

There is $378,556 of  ESSER III funding that we anticipate will be available to carry into next year. Our goal is to use the funding in a manner that will contribute to the academic growth of our students.  We are committed to a public engagement process to hear from stakeholders including students, families, educators, staff, and community members on the most effective and efficient ways to invest these federal relief funds.  

 

A hearing will be held via Zoom on October 21, 2021 at approximately 8:25pm.  If you would like to speak at the hearing, please email school_committee@psbma.org by 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 21, 2021.  After signing up, you will receive an email with additional information on how to provide comments during the meeting. Speakers will be called on in the order in which they signed up  (2 minutes per person). Members of the public may also send written public comments to school_committee@psbma.org. Written comments will be shared with all School Committee members.