The McCracken County School District Board will continue its state-licensed child care grant after agreeing to the provision at its meeting on Thursday.
The Little Acorns after-school child care program at Lone Oak Elementary School has received federal funding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“(After-school child care) is something we offered there when we had enough involvement and needed it,” Superintendent Steve Carter said. “We proposed this last year as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act.
“These were funds that were provided to help these licensed child care centers like Little Acorns.”
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 provided $4.3 million to Kentucky entities to provide needed child care and learning services during the coronavirus pandemic.
McCracken County received $108,000 to cover the costs of opening Little Acorns.
Funding provided by the U.S. Cabinet Department of Community Services for Health and Family Services began in April 2021 and will continue through March 31, 2023.
• The board also approved low bids for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects at Heath Middle School and Reidland Middle School.
The board approved the $570,000 bid provided by Jett’s Specialty Contracting of Paducah for HVAC work to be done at HMS Gymnasium, the $211,500 bid provided by Penn and Son of Benton for HVAC work to be done at HMS Auditorium and the $635,000 bid provided. by ICI Mechanical of Paducah for the HVAC work to be done at the RMS gymnasium.
Carter told the board that the three HVAC projects would be funded by elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds, or ESSER funds. These funds were released by Congress in January 2021 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.
“None of the expenses incurred for these projects will come from local construction or general fund dollars,” he said.
• McCracken County Student Personnel Director Brian Bowland told the board the last day of classes for the school year would be May 26 and graduation ceremonies would be at 7:30 p.m. on May 27. May at Marquette Stadium.
• Thursday’s board meeting was the first for new board member Jennifer Beyer, who was named to fill the District 2 seat following the resignation of Melanie Burkeen in January. She will hold this position until the elections on November 8. Whoever wins this election will hold the seat until that term expires in 2024.