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Alcorn County schools recently set in motion the hiring of legal counsel required by the federal government to spend Covid-19 relief funds.

The Alcorn School District Board of Education voted in this month to hire Jackson-based Young Law Group for assistance in preparing the request for quotations for architect services and engineering contracts for projects the district plans to complete using funds they receive from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER and ESSER II).

The program was part of former President Donald Trump’s CARES Act. Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion and monies can be used by school districts to address the impact the coronavirus has had and continues to have on elementary schools. Since March 2020, Mississippi has received around $2.5 billion in ESSER funds to address the impact of Covid-19 on schools.

The money came in three streams.

The county school district will receive about $3 million in ESSER funds.

District uses for the funds include salaries for new positions, reimbursement for Covid leave and new iPads. They also plan to replace some windows and HVAC systems at campuses.

Expenses incurred by the district due to Covid-related employee leave were also reimbursed by the funds.

In other school news, the county district hired several new employees in October.

Among those include Hannah Burress, Biggersville Elementary School teacher assistant; Debra Garcia, substitute cafeteria worker; Brittany Mitchell, Kossuth Elementary School special education assistant; Kylie McVey, Biggersville Elementary School teacher; and Laken Wamsley, substitute teacher.

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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.

(1) comment

Grizz47

So...the ALCORN County school Dist.couldn't find a decent ALCORN County Atty. to hire? they had to go out of State? says alot.......

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