The CARES Act and local schools

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By SOPHIA GOEDERT | Special to the Herald Times

RBC I The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law March 27 of this year.

Both Meeker and Rangely school districts have taken advantage of some of the funding earmarked for local governments and schools, including the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

CRF funds were directed by each state’s governor. In Colorado, Governor Polis allocated a portion of these to K-12 schools.

ESSER funds were allocated directly to schools by the federal government through previously established formulas by which schools receive federal education funds.

Meeker received a total of $509,472 in funding, and Rangely received a total of $326,431, and each district received $10,000 from Rio Blanco BOCES. Here’s a breakdown.