Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/5/2021 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Discussion of and Action on Amendments to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) Proposed Budget
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Policy: Admin Policy 9.04 - Community Involvement in Decision Making
Attachments Attachment 1: Proposed ESSER III Budget Timeline
Attachment 2: ESSER III Feedback and Proposals
Attachment 3: ESSER III Online Survey Results
Attachment 4: 2021 – 22 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Proposed Budget Detail
ESSER III Overview Presentation
Proposed Amendments 1-20
File Attachment:
Attachment 1 Revised ESSER III Budget Timeline.pdf
Attachment 2_ESSER III Feedback and Proposals Attachment.pdf
Attachment 3_ ESSER III Online Survey Results Attachment.pdf
Attachment 4 2021-22 ESSER III Proposed Budget Detail.pdf
ESSER III Overview Presentation.pdf
Amendment 2 - Herndon - Fire Alarms.pdf
Amendment 3 - Leonard - Facilities Expansion Greenfield.pdf
Amendment 4 - Carr - Air Quality.pdf
Amendment 6 - Peterson - Expedite Recruitment.pdf
Amendment 7 - O'Halloran - Increase MPSU Funding.pdf
Amendment 8 - Garcia - Increase MPSU Funding.pdf
Amendment 9 - Taylor - REVISED Fresh Fruit Vegetable Option.pdf
Amendment 10 - Carr - Hard to Fill Positions.pdf
Amendment 11 - O'Halloran - Prioritize CSI Schools.pdf
Amendment 12 - Leonard - Parental Involvement Capacity.pdf
Amendment 13 - O'Halloran and Taylor - Transportation Stipend.pdf
Amendment 14 - Carr - Tutoring Stipend.pdf
Amendment 15- Carr - High School Commissions.pdf
Amendment 16 - O'Halloran and Garica - Increase MPS Foundation Capacity.pdf
Amendment 17 - Taylor - Mental Health Supports.pdf
Amendment 18 - Carr - Remedial College Courses.pdf
Amendment 19 - Garcia - Per School Allocation.pdf
Amendment 20 - Carr - Safety Restorative Practices.pdf
Amendment 1 - Leonard - WITHDRAWN Facilities Expansion Fairview.pdf
Amendment 5 - Leonard - WITHDRAWN Facilities Expansion AAL.pdf
Background: The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was put into law on March 11, 2021, to provide stimulus funds to help with recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the plan is third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) for school districts.

The Elementary and Secondary Schools Relief Fund (ESSER III) funding provides districts considerable flexibility in determining how best to use the funds. Twenty percent of the allocation must be used to mitigate learning loss. The term of available funding for the ESSER III grant program is March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2024. The plan is to use the funding for the term of July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024

Milwaukee Public Schools anticipates approximately $504 million to allocate over the next three school years. Twenty percent to mitigate learning loss is about $101 million.
Community input was gathered through a Special Board meeting in June, district surveys, stakeholder meetings, student and community listening sessions, town hall meetings, and community organization proposals. ESSER III planning teams made up of central administration, school leaders, educators, and parents/guardians incorporated community feedback, as appropriate, while they were developing the ESSER III Proposed Budget Detail. Community feedback focused around major categories and is summarized in the attached ESSER III Feedback and Proposals.
The district has focused on five key areas in allocating ESSER III funds:
• Accelerating learning
• Health and wellness
• Facilities
• Technology
• Extracurricular engagement
Please see the attachments for a proposed ESSER III budget timeline, more details on community feedback, proposals and the online survey results, along with the 2021 – 22 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Proposed Budget Detail.
Fiscal Impact Statement: The available ESSER III allocation as published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is $504,532,808.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: The recommendation is that the Board determines the action it wishes to take with respect to the proposed ESSER III Budget Amendments.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Calvin Fermin - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent