ARP-ESSR Funding Plan

Overview

The 2021-22 enacted state budget includes language requiring local education agencies, such as school districts, that receive funding from the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA-ESSER), to post a plan by school year on their website of how these funds will be spent.

New York has been allocated nearly $9 billion in ARPA-ESSER funds, with a minimum of $8.09 billion (90 percent) going to local education agencies, including public schools. The Monticello Central School District has been allocated $4,893,375 through the ESSER -II and  approximately $10,989,825* through the ARP,  20% of which must be utilized to mitigate learning loss. 

*amount not yet finalized

Purpose of Federal Funds

Funds from these programs are only expendable for specific purposes, including: 

  • Address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, including the impacts of interrupted instruction and learning loss and the impacts on low-income students, children with disabilities, English language learners, and students experiencing homelessness
  • Implementing evidence-based strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs
  • Safely returning students to in-person instruction
  • Purchasing Educational Technology
  • Operating schools and meeting the needs of students

MCSD Priorities

The Monticello Central School District, in collaboration with stakeholders from throughout the district, have identified the following priorities and uses for the funds:

Providing academic supports for students

    • Add teachers to provide for smaller class sizes or co-teaching
    • Add teachers to address the increased need for credit recovery or retention
    • Add special education teachers to address increase in academic support for special education students (e.g. more resource room seats)
    • Add ENL teacher to provide short-term support for more intensive programming
    • Add Adaptive PE/PE teacher to provide more specialized support and more flexible PE opportunities
    • Add teaching assistants to provide for more flexible small group intervention/enrichment instruction
    • Add teaching aides to support more flexible supervision options

Early Literacy Improvement Support (ARP)
    • Work with a consultant to provide a comprehensive improvement plan for our early literacy instruction K-3 (over two years)
    • Professional development around the Science of Reading
    • Integration of our resources into effective instruction through supported bridge to practice
    • Embedded coaching around effective small group instruction practices to address the very disparate reading levels of students
    • Inclusion of classroom teachers, academic intervention teachers, teaching assistants and building administration in the learning

Providing mental health and social emotional supports for students

  • Add two social workers/school counselors district-wide to provide non-mandated support and counseling for students (ESSER II)
  •  Add two-three social workers/school counselors district-wide to provide non-mandated support and counseling for students (ARP)

Upgrading our facilities to allow for improved ventilation/air quality, and more sanitary conditions

  • HVAC Upgrade at Chase (ESSER II)
  • HVAC Upgrade at KLR, Cooke and MHS (ARP)
  • Replaced Thermostats at RJK MS (ARP)
  • Touchless Faucets in all five buildings (ESSER II)

 Supporting teachers work in designing curriculum and instruction to meet the unique and disparate needs of our students

  • Professional development for teachers in assessment and in creating bridge documents (bridging standards from grade to grade for a disparity of student proficiency)
  • Curriculum writing using bridge documents and common assessments
  • Purchasing Educational Technology
    • Charging stations
    • Devices for students and teachers
    • Updates Smartboards to interactive screens
    • Equipment for St. John Street
  • Additional furniture as needed to allow for social distancing, eating in classrooms, or to outfit classroom space at St. John Street (ARP)

For more information, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Linda Oehler-Marx at LOehlerMarx@k12mcsd.net