Bristol School Esser’s Financing for Covid Assistance Has Been Deemed Insufficient by Administrators.

Administration at Bristol School estimates that it has cost more to maintain the school’s openness during the COVID-19 pandemic than the ESSER dollars given.

School Board members were advised by District Administrator Jack Musha and Business Manager Susan Jarvis that the problem stems from the state’s biennial budget, which contained no increase in the district’s income cap.

According to Jarvis, “we’ve spent $121,000 on unbudgeted COVID-related costs that weren’t covered by ESSER funding,” and by the end of the school year, that total will be closer to $200,000. DPI and Gov. (Tony) Evers sent out a survey asking about how well they did with the ESSER funding, and I don’t think I responded very well”

More money went to Title I districts with a greater proportion of low-income families under the ESSER funding system.  Bristol School doesn’t have a Title I status.

Jarvis explained that the money was distributed based on the number of low-income students in the school. As one resident put it, “What he didn’t consider was that this pandemic affected everyone in the community, including every school, student, and staff member.”

According to Jarvis, nearly $1 billion in ESSER funding was received by some large Title 1 school districts, but the districts remained closed.

Bristol was awarded $736,000, which Jarvis described as “going really, really fast.”

According to Musha, when the flat revenue cap is combined with a 4% increase in the Consumer Price Index, the result is a deficit.

“We were informed that because we stayed open, we would get a lot more ESSER III cash,” Musha said. In order to ensure that we were adhering to COVD rules, we recruited an additional custodian-and-a-half. That’s not necessary for those of us who work virtually.

Jarvis said she hopes the state Legislature will adopt a plan to reward schools that remained open with an additional 5% in relief cash.

“I don’t know what we’ll get,” Jarvis added. We’re down $479 per student because of the state’s refusal to raise our revenue ceiling. As a result, we’re a long way behind.”

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It was also necessary to cover the costs of unbudgeted supplies for health and sanitation and the unfathomably high rise in substitute teacher salaries to keep the school running. In some cases, Musha claimed, the district was paying for more than 20 replacement teachers every day.

That 5% is what Musha hopes will come his way. Otherwise, we’ll have to make some difficult choices when the ESSER monies run out. ”

The district also made use of ESSER monies to :-

  • upgrade technology
  • hire interventionists in math and language arts
  • hire more personnel at the middle school level in order to lower class sizes.

According to Jarvis, the decision to use the monies in this manner was made following an earlier survey of parents regarding the school’s needs.