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Area School Districts Get Cut of $100M in Grant Funding


Several area school districts are getting funding to combat pandemic learning loss and expand access to mental healthcare.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that 50 school districts and BOCES across the state have been awarded the funding.

“New York is making historic investments to ensure all our students are on the path towards success,” Governor Hochul said. “This funding will help our teachers and school staff pinpoint where students have fallen behind and provide students with the crucial resources needed to support their mental health, especially after the pandemic.”

15 districts and BOCES will receive funding through the Learning Loss Recover from COVID School (RECOVS) Program Grant. These grants help fund academic recovery opportunities, expand student access to academic recovery professionals, and implement academic recovery practices based on and informed by evidence.

In the Finger Lakes, three school districts are receiving Learning Loss RECOVS grants.

  • Clyde-Savannah: $1,188,000
  • Lyons: $1,373,141
  • Sodus: $1,308,000

40 districts and BOCES will receive their money through Mental Health RECOVS grants. These grants will expand and support practices to promote mental health and wellness, as well as help staff and students identify mental health concerns. These grants will also promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among students.

Area Mental Health RECOVS grant awardees include:

  • Auburn Enlarged City School District: $828,421
  • Dryden Central School District: $231,820
  • Lyons CSD: $1,368,357
  • Moravia CSD: $360,880
  • Tompkins- Seneca-Tioga BOCES: $702,556

A full list of awardees statewide can be found on the governor’s website.

State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said, “The RECOVS grant funding underscores our commitment to fostering equitable access to education opportunities and mental health services for all students. By addressing lost instructional time and prioritizing student well-being, we aim to create an inclusive educational environment that empowers every learner to thrive in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.”



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