A check for $325,000 from Tooele County may soon be headed to the Tooele County School District.
The funds are from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money received by Tooele County.
“We’ve checked and this kind of transfer of funds is O.K.,” said Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne. “The school district has not asked or sought these funds, but they partner with us for incentives for economic development … we thought it would be appropriate to help them in the same kind of manner we have put together small business loans and grant money.”
The school district is the County’s partner in economic development, according to Milne, and he sees this transaction as a way to strengthen education in the county.
“Economic development requires an educated workforce to attract businesses,” he said. “It’s all interconnected.”
The funds must be used for COVID-19 related expenses.
Marie Denson, Tooele County School District communications director, said the funds are welcome, especially as the district prepares to open school.
“There are a certain amount of things we need to do to get ready for school to open,” said Denson. “As far as P.P.E., it costs $70,000 just for sneeze guards.”
Along with personal protective equipment, the school district may look into seeing if the funds can be used to help purchase one-to-one classroom electronic devices to extend electronic learning during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s really good to be working together with the county,” she said.
The County Commission may formally approve the transfer of $325,000 of CARES Act funds to the school district during their Aug. 4 meeting.