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Congressman Mondaire Jones Announces Task Force to Advise ERCSD on $162 M Distribution

On Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 Congressman Mondaire Jones visited his alma mater, Spring Valley High School, to announce the creation of a task force to help advise East Ramapo Central School District on the distribution of $162 million in American Rescue Plan funding allocated to public schools in the school district.
Task Force Announcement “The objective of the advisory task force is to help inform the school district’s decision making in respect to how the funding will be used, to create transparency in a community that has, at times, been skeptical of the decisions made by this school district in respect to funding, “ Jones announced. “And to reinvigorate our community’s commitment to the future of public school students in the East Ramapo Central School District.”
“I am honored and committed to working side by side with Congressman Jones, this advisory task force, and our community to make sure we do the right thing and honor this good work and focus on our students and our community,” said Giamartino.
Other community leaders included Oscar Cohen, Education Committee Co-Chair of the Spring Valley NAACP, Pastor Ed Ilarraza, ERCSD Mentorship Program Coordinator and Founder of Good News Association, and Sabrina Charles-Pierre, Vice President of the East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education.
According to the Congressional Research Service, under the American Rescue Plan, the ERCSD will receive $162 million in federal funding to help safely and quickly reopen public schools. This funding can be used to purchase PPE, hire additional staff, invest in emotional and mental health supports, purchase technology, pay for after-school and summer programs to address learning loss, and more.
Mondaire Jones is the Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties.