Lamar Consolidated ISD is expected to receive over $3.4 million in federal funds for relief of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds are part of a $1.29 billion federal stimulus package to help school districts across the state to remain fully funded, according to a conference call to school officials by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.
Lamar Consolidated ISD is expected to receive $3,440,750 as part of the CARES Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, according to a list released by the Texas Education Agency.
Fort Bend ISD, the largest school district in Fort Bend County, is expected to receive $8,736,016. Needville ISD will receive $222,563.
Katy ISD, which takes up three counties, including Fort Bend, will receive $5,151,663 in federal funds, while Stafford MSD is expected to receive $430,743.
Neighboring school district Brazos ISD will receive $103,551, while East Bernard ISD will get $116,045.
Houston ISD, the most populous school district in the state, will receive over $81.7 million.
The Texas Tribune also reports that Gov. Greg Abbott and the state legislature also plan to reimburse all school districts for up to 75% of their pandemic-related expenses to date with money from another federal grant given to Abbott’s office.
It is estimated that school districts across the state have spent about $392 million on expenses dealing with COVID-19.
School districts will begin to apply for their portion of the stimulus funds in June, according to the TEA.
Most of the funds could go towards several things, including mental health support and technology for students.