Pendleton's Stewardship Will be Critical

Board Hears from CFO on Stimulus $
Posted on 03/23/2021
Image of Ryan PendletonThe next round of federal stimulus investing in public education could send $100 million to Akron Public Schools. These funds, to help school districts recover from the impact on learning inflicted by COVID-19, have already produced nearly $60 million for APS.

The new federal money is designed to help schools that have been remote all year to reopen and to guard against any potential funding cuts at the state or local level.

CFO Ryan Pendleton pegs the current estimate for the district at just below $100 million, even though the state has not released exact amounts publicly.

Pendleton told the board at its Monday, March 22, meeting, "We have to be mindful and exacting. These funds do not replace everyday expenditures. They are to be targeted at offsetting the impact of COVID-19. "

Pendleton gave a few examples for use of the funds such as reimbursement for expenditures like purchasing protective equipment, making improvements to buildings or adding staff.
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