Twelve public schools and two charter schools are benefiting from the CARES Act funding that was awarded by St. Louis County.  The $1.8 million in funds the schools received are part of the $6 million that the St. Louis County Board authorized to allocate to local community organizations as part of their responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

According to details released by St. Louis County, this $1.8 million in funding will help the schools with their financial impacts related to the COVID-19 Pandemic - including purchases of PPE, cleaning and related costs, social distancing needs, COVID-19 screening needs, and related program expenses.

The amounts the county granted to each school was based on funds requested for eligible expenses.  It should be noted that all schools that applied received funding from the CARES Act.  Here is the breakdown, listed alphabetically:

  • Chisholm Public Schools:  $15,000
  • Duluth Public Schools:  $724,860
  • Duluth Public Schools Academy Charter Schools:  $21,860
  • Ely Public Schools:  $76,700
  • Floodwood Public Schools:  $35,000
  • Harbor City International Charter Schools:  $6,000
  • Hermantown Public Schools:  $76,000
  • Hibbing Public Schools:  $250,000
  • Mesabi East Public Schools:  $157,000
  • Mountain Iron Public Schools:  $98,720
  • Nett Lake Public Schools:  $23,000
  • Proctor Public Schools:  $159,911
  • Rock Ridge School District:  $90,000
  • St. Louis County Public Schools:  $93,133

Together, these twelve public schools and two charter schools serve more than 25,000 students across the county.

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St. Louis County received a total of $24.5 million in CARES Act funding.  The county board worked out a distribution plan as follows:

  • $6 million for small business assistance
  • $6 million for community assistance
  • $1.25 million for the logging industry
  • $10 million to cover the costs that the county has incurred while responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • $225,000 for cities and townships with populations under 200 people
  • $1 million was held in reserve to be distributed later, based on analysis of need.

To get more details about CARES Act funding, the local responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, or St. Louis County in general, click here.

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