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Hancock County Schools’ ARP grant proposal up for comment

MEETING — The Hancock County Board of Education met in regular session Monday at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. -- Craig Howell

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education’s grant application for the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund is now up for public comment.

The fund, part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year, provides school districts with funding for additional support and relief from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Dawn Petrovich, during Monday’s school board meeting, presented members with a copy of the application, which will be available for review on the school board’s website until Aug. 11. She reviewed some of the measures the school district took as a result of the pandemic.

“March 13 (2020), we shut down. It changed everything for everyone,” Petrovich said.

As part of the proposal, the district must show how it will address the learning loss experienced by students during the last year, as well as how it will offer summer enrichment and after-school programs. The proposal includes capital improvements, plans for staffing and services, and the purchase of equipment for cleaning and educational purposes.

“The comments will be added to the application,” Petrovich noted of input from the community, adding the final proposal will be submitted to the state for consideration of funding for the county.

In other business, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with Bethany College, as well as contractual agreements for West Virginia Universal Pre-K classrooms through the Children’s Academy, Weirton Heights Daycare Classroom I, Northern Panhandle Head Start at Newell Center, Northern Panhandle Head Start at Pipinos Center 1 and Northern Panhandle Head Start at Pipinos 3.

Several personnel recommendations were approved, including naming Nicole Drobish as the new assistant principal at Weir Middle School.

It was reported new turf was being delivered to Weir High School this week, and Oak Glen High School next week, for installation at their football stadiums. It is expected the turf will be in place in time for early scrimmage games for both high school’s football teams.

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