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King George County
For immediate release Contact: Neiman C. Young, PhD County Administration
King George County Employs CARES Funding to Address its Education System
KING GEORGE, VA. (September 22, 2020). King George County has received its second allocation of CARES Funding, bringing the total amount of federal assistance to $4,682,676. In response, the King George County Board of Supervisors has been working diligently to prioritize our community’s needs and address them.
One emerging concern is the unprecedented impact the current state of affairs has had on our County’s school system. “Our students have been forced out of the traditional classroom. In its place is a virtual platform that our students have had to master quickly. This new skill had to be gained while also adjusting to the loss of opportunities for social interaction, one-on-one instruction, and even the foundational knowledge that was gained in the 2019-2020 school year,” said Cathy Binder, Chairwoman of the King George County Board of Supervisors.
In keeping with these concerns, the Board has identified our education system as the highest challenge in the community. This priority is demonstrated by the Board’s recent decision to fully approve the School Superintendent’s CARES request for $1,032,060, or slightly over 22% of the County’s total funding.
As a result of this decision, a myriad of resources will be made available for teachers, school support staff, and our children to include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the technology necessary to accommodate virtual and blended learning, psychological services, and temporary staff to augment the system’s resident nurses.
One of the more notable expenditures is the $192,150 allocation to childcare for teachers via a partnership with the King George County YMCA. “Without the Board of Supervisors fully funding our CARES request and particularly childcare, we wouldn’t have been able to open the schools. Our frontline teachers found themselves in need of a resource that could accommodate the care of their children so that they could focus on educating our students,” said TC Collins (King George County School Board).
King George County Schools will have to masterfully navigate the balancing act of meeting both the educational and personal safety needs of our students—without a map. However, they are financially postured to reach that goal and the Board of Supervisors stands ready to provide our educational partners its full support.