The Alcorn School District is receiving just over $3 million in COVID-19 relief funds.

Finance Director Kimberly Woodard told Board of Education members on Monday that the funds are from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Program, a part of the CARES Act.

“We have been allocated $3,040,443 and should get these funds within the next few months,” said Woodard.

A project will then be presented to the board according to Woodard.

The funds can be used for activities authorized by other federal programs including IDEA. In addition, they can also be tied to costs associated with the preparedness and response to COVID-19, outreach and services to special populations, addressing long-term closures, education technology, mental health supports, addressing afterschool and summer activities and continued staff employment.

Woodard also reported on the recent visit of personnel from Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.

“They have completed their field work and left the office. They did provide us with an initial report of their findings, and we have areas to work on but overall it looks pretty clean,” said Woodard. “That was good feedback, and I am eager to improve where we can.”

The board approved a group of district projects over $25,000 during the February meeting.

Among them included door frame installation at Kossuth Middle School, continued work at the Alcorn Central High School softball complex, a new intercom system at ACHS and the purchase of Macbook cases for all district schools.

Woodard also updated the board on the Biggersville multipurpose building.

So far $412,774.81 of the contract amount of $737,350 has been spent.

Interim Superintendent Brandon Quinn said the building construction is on schedule.

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Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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