Local schools get CARES funding

CHAMBERSBURG—The Franklin County Board of Commissioners recently approved the final round of COVID-19 Relief grant by awarding $1.38 million to four Franklin County school districts for pandemic-related broadband costs.

The Chambersburg Area School District will receive $251,532.14; Greencastle-Antrim School District, $833,165.53; Tuscarora School District, $156,929.20; and Waynesboro Area School District, $138,404.20.

The money for the COVID-19 Relief grants came from Act 24 of 2020, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in May to provide $625 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Pennsylvania counties by means of block grants, administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Under this legislation, Franklin County received $14 million to help address the impacts and critical needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CARES funding guidance allowed for grants to support small businesses, tourism businesses, municipalities, nonprofit agencies, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, and broadband internet deployment.

“The CARES Act funding allotted to Franklin County has been distributed across the county to help mitigate the impact of this pandemic on all of our communities,” said Commissioner Dave Keller.