Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/14/2021 - 5:30 PM
Category: Items of Business
Type: Action
Subject: 5. Report and Action on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) Proposed Budget
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 9.04 - Community Involvement in Decision Making
Attachments ESSER III Updated Proposed Budget Detail
File Attachment:
ESSER III Updated Proposed Draft Budget Detail-revised 10.8.21.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. The Elementary and Secondary Schools Relief Fund (ESSER III) is funding to school districts included in the ARPA stimulus package. 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.

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 and town hall meetings. In addition there were two Strategic Planning and Budget Meetings (September 23, 2021 and October 5, 2021) to further allow community input, discuss the Proposed ESSER III budget detail and amendments.

The district has focused on five key areas in allocating ESSER III funds: • Accelerating learning • Health and wellness • Facilities • Technology • Extracurricular engagement

The Proposed ESSER III Budget Detail has been updated to reflect the amendments that were approved by the Strategic Planning & Budget Committee meeting on October 5, 2021. In addition, highlighted in light blue are the areas that were reduced in order to add the hazard pay for secretaries (also highlighted in blue) that was approved at the full board meeting during September 2021.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Pending Milwaukee Board of School Director Approval, $504,532,808 of funding over three year through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) grant as indicated in the 2021 – 22 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Updated Proposed Budget Detail
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board adopt the 2021 – 22 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Updated Proposed Budget Detail with approved amendments from the Strategic Planning & Budget Committee and adjustments for eligible secretary hazard pay incorporated.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Calvin Fermin - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent