SPARK funds help USD 298
At the regular August meeting of the USD #298 board of education, Superintendent Scott Crenshaw told the board the district had received their first reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses the in the amount of $19,000. Also approved for reimbursement are 150 Chrome Books with protective cases at a total cost of $47,457 for use in grades K-5, and 30 I-pads with protective cases at a total cost of $9,269.50 for use in Pre-k.
These items would be necessary if, for any reason, school cannot be held, or students cannot participate due to the pandemic.
The total cost of $56,726.50 has been approved for Spark funding at no cost to the district. The equipment has an estimated lifespan of four to five years. Information on fall activities was discussed, with the common theme being, “wait and see,” as individual districts and the league continue to discuss options. The intent is to continue with school activities as long as possible, with some restrictions and alterations applied. For example, some districts are limiting the number of visiting team fans that can attend functions, thereby limiting the number of people in the facilities. Temperature readings will be taken as students and athletes board the bus for out of town activities, and if a temperature is present the student will not be al lowed to board.
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