Lead-Deadwood School District receives $387.5K in CRF grant funds

The Lead-Deadwood School District plans to use a portion of its $387,500 in Coronavirus Relief Fund grant funding to continue to enhance technology, in the event the district moves to remote learning once again to mitigate the pandemic. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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LEAD — A portion of the state’s $1.2 billion federal Coronavirus Relief Fund grant funding is headed for the Hills.

Lead-Deadwood School District Superintendent Dr. Dan Leikvold announced the district’s share to the school board.

“Good news,” Leikvold said. “For us, it’s about $387,500. About $25,000 of that will go to Job Corps. The rest will be in the K-12 system here, and we are going to get our first check real soon, like in the next couple weeks. We’ll get 90% of it. Then we’ll get the rest in November. It breaks down to about $500 a kid. There are not a lot of strings attached to it. It has to be spent by Dec. 30.”

Leikvold explained that the source of the funding is the state of South Dakota’s $1.2 billion in federal aid received and Gov. Kristi Noem’s decision to allocate $75 million of that to K-12 schools statewide.

“We’re very appreciative of the governor for doing that,” Leikvold said. “And we’ll put it to good use.”

Payments can be used to cover pandemic-related costs associated with distance or in-person learning. Leikvold said potential areas of use for the funding include technology.

“Some Chromebooks for some elementary-age folks, Smartboards, some ear buds. You know, one of the things I knew our teachers would figure out is how to communicate with those remote learners and kids face-to-face, at the same time, so that will help,” he said. “Some more (personal protective equipment). Obviously, we’ve been going through a lot. The school lunch program. Could certainly go there, as well.”

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