May. 14, 2020

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Johnstown) prefers to give credit where credit is due. That’s why he is encouraging school districts to apply for financial assistance from the federal government.

“It’s great to pass along welcomed news, even if you didn’t play a role in the process,” Rigby said. “Our local schools are now eligible to receive financial support from the federal government and their administrators simply have to apply for it. It’s all on them and I can’t take credit. Nice job!”

Rigby is referring to Wednesday’s announcement that Pennsylvania’s traditional public and charter schools are now eligible to receive financial support as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE’s) application to the U.S. Department of Education for the one-time funds has been approved and all schools can now apply for the funding through a process PDE created.

“More than $3.5 million is being directed to schools I represent,” added Rigby. “For good reason, there are some strings attached to the money, which may only be used for purposes that include food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports.”

Each school would receive an amount proportional to federal Title I-A funds received in 2019 under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Here is the amount of money individual schools in the 71st District (which Rigby represents) are eligible to receive:

   • Conemaugh Valley - $229,515
   • Ferndale Area - $248,305
   • Forest Hills - $390,269
   • Greater Johnstown - $2,225,779
   • Richland - $229,094
   • Westmont Hilltop - $194,015

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Rigby’s district office by calling 814-536-9818.

Representative Jim Rigby
71st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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