GF Schools - Coronavirus

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not what the doctor ordered when it comes to the bottom line of the Grand Forks School District. Superintendent Terry Brenner says keeping the virus at bay is going to come with extraordinary expense. Brenner says there may be an opportunity for various buckets of funding but the COVID expenses will like be in the $3.5 to $4 million dollar range.

Some help could be on the way. Last week the North Dakota Emergency Commission approved $30 million dollars for schools. It includes a base payment of $30,000 for each district plus a per-pupil student payment of $290. The line item is subject to review by the Legislative Budget Section.

The Grand Forks council is also looking to funnel $475,000 dollars to help fund 18 temporary staff – for isolation rooms at each school to help contain the coronavirus spread. The money would come from the city’s share of $3.6 million dollars in CARES Act funding.

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The city will also use the federal dollars to reimburse COVID expenses…public health…to restore police and fire 2021 budget requests…Alerus Center HVAC improvements…and upgrades to the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network.

The council is expected to formally adopt the allocation during next week’s regular meeting.

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