Springboro City Council voted unanimously to grant Springboro Schools up to $100,000 of the funds the City received as part of the CARES Act. Council asked that the Schools earmark the contribution to upgrade technology in the schools and facilitate remote learning along with additional technological improvements to comply with COVID-19 precautions.
According to Scott Marshall, Communications Coordinator for the school district, the schools plan to use the grant to provide Chromebooks and other supplies to students for virtual learning. “The CARES Act Grant will be a tremendous help to students, families, teachers and staff towards educational technology for those learning in-person or at-home.”
City Manager Chris Pozzuto said the City received about $217,000 from the CARES Act, and has used those funds to cover costs for the bulk-item and brush drop off services, technology upgrades for the City to facilitate remote meetings along with PPE and cleaning and disinfecting City buildings associated with COVID-19. After the City was reimbursed for CARES Act eligible funds, the Mayor and City Council felt it best to keep additional eligible funds within the Springboro community. “The $100,000 pledge to the Schools will go a long way in providing more digital accessibility to students so they can better their education, whether in the classroom or at home,” said Pozzuto.
A check presentation with members of the Springboro Schools' administrative staff in attendance is scheduled for the Sept. 3, 2020 City Council meeting.