Phyllis Zimmerman for the Sentry
The Mechanicsburg area school board this week approved contracts to improve lighting at two of the district’s sports facilities while approving a list of federal and state funding the district expects to receive this year.
The district plans to replace the lighting systems at the high school tennis court and the Northside Elementary School football field, with project schedules “to be determined” based on upcoming facility use and availability. availability of contractors, according to District Business Administrator Greg Longwell.
“Both (lighting systems) are of a certain age and need regular repair,” Longwell said after Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
For tennis court lighting, the school board approved a contract for $ 14,432 with BBEC Electrical Contractors in Mechanicsburg. This will involve the removal and disposal of the quartz luminaires and horizontal brackets from the installation and the installation of dual megaphones with two 375 watt LED spotlights on each existing pole, new wiring, a clock for the control of lighting, as well as several other work elements.
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For soccer field lighting, council approved contracts with BBEC Electrical Contractors for $ 33,968 and Dauphin Electric for $ 84,000 for an overall project cost of $ 117,968. This project includes the installation of 36 LED lights on four existing poles and new conductors with wireless controls, as well as the splicing of the existing circuits to power the new lighting.
The projects are part of the district’s ongoing assessment of “a variety of facilities,” Longwell added.
Also on Tuesday, the Mechanicsburg area school board voted to approve a list of federal and state grants the district expects to receive for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
This year’s one-time federal grants in response to COVID-19 include $ 3,492,740 from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Relief Fund, for which the district said it was continuing to work with staff and administrators to “assign these funds provide supplies, services, and staff geared toward supporting the needs of our students as determined by the evidence gathered over the next several years. “
Also for COVID-19, the district will this year receive a one-time learning loss grant under Law 24 in the amount of $ 193,963 for student social and emotional learning, mental health and support. reading, and other related programs. An Act 24 summer enrichment grant of $ 38,781 will provide staff and support for the district’s summer programs, while another Act 24 grant of $ 38,781 will provide the same for the after-school programs of the district. district.
In addition, a one-time ACT 24 School Improvement Liability of $ 50,497 has been allocated this year to the high school for professional and paraprofessional staff salaries, and an ARP Homelessness Grant of $ 15,268 will help transport homeless students in the district to and from assistance programs with growth and success.
Also for 2021-2022, the district is expected to receive $ 493,663 in federal Title I funding for salaries for reading / language arts teaching assistants, $ 94,036 for salaries for Title II instructional coaches, $ 48,357 for educational assistants in reading / language arts. salaries of teaching assistants of title III / ELD in middle and high school. school and $ 35,145 for the salary of a Title IV educational coach.
The district also expects to receive a statewide Ready To Learn Block Grant of $ 338,503 this year for professional development, math literacy and training, and full-time kindergarten. Funding of $ 691,830 under the Disability Education Act is also provided for teacher assistants, special education teachers, a social worker, extended school year and contractual services, while 4 $ 427 in additional IDEA funds will provide paraprofessional staff.