NASHVILLE, Tenn.– State Rep. Lowell Russell, R-Vonore, today announced approximately $13 million has been approved for Loudon and Monroe County schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER, a federally funded stimulus program created through the CARES Act.
The money is part of $1.2 billion in one-time federal education funds awarded to Tennessee for Covid-19 relief. The money must be applied to Covid-19 related expenses for preventing, preparing for and responding to the pandemic. Schools are encouraged to use the funds to address learning loss and facility improvements and must be used by Sept. 30, 2023.
“The pandemic has amplified so many challenges for our schools that have limited resources. These funds will provide important resources that will help our students get back on track with their educational journey, but also serve to keep our teachers, students and staff safe.”
Schools in House District 11 have been approved to receive the following one-time funds:
• Loudon County School District – $3,777,620
• Monroe County School District – $6,124,880
• Sweetwater City School District – $1,708,454
• Lenoir City School District – $1,630,929
Lowell Russell represents House District 21. He is the vice-chair of the Calendar & Rules Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Committee, Safety & Funding Subcommittee, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Ethics Committee, and serves as a House Majority Chief Deputy Whip.