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  • ESSER I


    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act designated $13.5 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding for K-12 entities.

    Dougherty County Schools was allocated $7.1 million but was required to reserve $527,239.00 to provide equitable services to non-public school systems that service Dougherty County residents.

    Dougherty County Schools’ CARES budget was approved by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE). The funding can support expenditures from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022 in consideration of the allowable carryover period. As of December 31, 2022, Dougherty County Schools has expended $7.1 million of the CARES Act allocation as follows:  

  • Period Amount Use of Funds Summary
    FY20: 3/13/20 – 6/30/2 $ 1,991,441  Expenditures included: (1) Funding to allow for continuity of district services including school nutrition services (2) Personal   protective   equipment (3) Instructional resources and replacement devices to support virtual learning.  
    FY21: 7/1/20 – 6/30/21 $ 4,961,972  Expenditures included: (1) Instructional resources and replacement devices to support virtual learning (2) Funding to allow for   continuity   of district services including school nutrition services (3) Personal protective equipment
    FY22: 7/1/21-6/30/22 $141,819  Equitable services for 6 private schools
    FY23: 07/01/22-09/30/22 $16,732  Equitable services for 6 private schools
    Total Expended $ 7,111,964  
    Funds Remaining $ 3,305  All equitable service funds for 6 private schools
  • Remaining ESSER I funds are earmarked for equitable services.

    In addition to the $7.1 million ESSER I grant allocated to the Dougherty County School System by formulas prescribed in the CARES Act, GADOE has issued grants from the 10% reserve it was allowed to retain when sub-granting the ESSER funds. Each additional grant is authorized for a specific programmatic purpose and is subject to equitable services. In total, the Dougherty County School System has received ten additional grants from funding authorized by the CARES Act totaling approximately $1,569,396 as follows: 

  • GADOE Reserve Grant Title Amount Allocated Expended thru 12/31/22 Remaining
    GNETS $ 152,734 $ 152,734 $0
    CTAE Grants for Extended Day, Extended Year, Supervision, and Youth Apprenticeship (4 grants) $ 17,377 $ 13,751 $ 3,626
    ESSER CARES Act - SA Reserves $ 800,000 $ 800,00 $ 0
    ESSER CARES Act - Equitable Services $ 527,241 $ 526,381 $ 860
    ESSER CARES ACT - Special Education Supplemental Relief $ 28,397 $ 28,397 $ 0
    ESSER CARES Act - School Nurse $ 43,647 $ 19,177 $ 24,530

    Remaining ESSER I SEA Reserve grant funds are earmarked for the designated purpose of the grant and any required equitable services. Funds are available through December 31, 2022.