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Seated at the Table

Sourcewell officials invited to school funding committee

Central Minnesota will be represented at the national level as schools across America make critical decisions regarding COVID-19 funding.

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has created a national committee to develop recommendations and insights as schools move toward a safe reopening following the impact left by the pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan Committee is made up of more than 30 superintendents, as well as representatives from several national organizations, including the Association of Education Services Agencies, the Association of School Business Officials International, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Sourcewell.

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund will provide nearly $122 billion to states and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the secure operation of schools.

Sourcewell CEO and Executive Director Chad Coauette is joined on the committee by Sourcewell Government Relations Associate Bill Otto and Director of Enterprise Solutions Robb Reid.

“It is quite an honor to be part of this committee,” Coauette said, “This team of dedicated school professionals is committed to helping fellow districts across the United States with making fiscally responsible decisions and keeping student and staff safety at the forefront.”

Coauette said Sourcewell was invited to participate on the committee due to a long-standing partnership with AASA.

“It is critical for this committee to provide input concerning the spending and potential roadblocks that can make the allocation process challenging for a variety of school districts,” said Kristi Wilson, superintendent, Buckeye (Arizona) Elementary School District, and 2020-21 president of AASA. “We also need the flexibility to ensure time and engagement to promote positive and productive planning.”

To help districts maximize the impact of their funding, Sourcewell has created a list of resources and additional information.