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JCPS discusses responses to ESSER funding survey

Some of the topics discussed at Wednesday's meeting included smaller class sizes, more staffing and better pay for staff.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Council is trying to get the public's input on how to spend millions in COVID relief money and now, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is doing the same thing.

Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said the district expects to get around $400 million in the next round of federal funding later this year. 

Right now, the district plans to spend it on things like expanding summer learning, opening new student support centers for after-school activities and giving everyone more access to technology. The money must be used by 2024.

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Wednesday night, the district hosted a public meeting to discuss other uses for the funding. Around 1,800 people responded to an online survey the district put together before the meeting.

Some of the top suggestions included smaller class sizes, more staffing and more pay and benefits for staff. District leaders said they were still looking at the results of the survey.

Earlier rounds of educational funding provided by the federal government were used to get non-traditional instruction (NTI) off the ground during the coronavirus pandemic.

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