Oklahoma awards $16M in grants to 150 schools for COVID-19 fight

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/07/2020 12:30 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister on July 1 awarded incentive grants totaling $16 million to 150 Oklahoma school districts to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning and ensure students are able to access learning opportunities in the upcoming school year.

The grants consisted of $8 million from the Oklahoma State Department of Education set-aside in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and $8 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.

Both ESSER and GEER are components of the federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Under the CARES Act, the OSDE funds must meet “emergency needs” of districts in response to COVID-19, while GEER dollars expended to schools must be to those “most significantly impacted by coronavirus.”

Districts will spend the grants in five priority areas in which students were impacted by COVID-19: expanding connectivity for students, purchasing a content management system or learning management system, providing mental health supports for students, compensatory services to at-risk students and training in the science of reading for teachers of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

A total of 360 districts applied for the grants. A total of 345 districts indicated connectivity as their priority area, while 212 districts prioritized LMS/CMS. Eighty-four districts prioritized mental health supports for students, while another 84 districts prioritized science of reading for elementary-age students. And 74 districts prioritized compensatory services for at-risk students.

“Our districts indicated an urgent need for funds dedicated to connectivity and digital learning materials, and for good reason,” said Hofmeister. “The pandemic has created a clarion call throughout the state and nation to bridge the digital divide. It is imperative that districts be equipped to take swift and decisive action to ensure all kids are learning amid a global pandemic, including in virtual or blended environments that best meet local context and the needs of families.”

Applications were reviewed and awarded within five categories based on student enrollment of up to 500; 501-1,000; 1,001-2,500; 2,501-7,500 and 7,501 and up. Awards ranged from $13,596 to $500,000 and are available for districts to draw down through June 30.

Incentive Grant Awardees

District Name
Award Amount
ALEX
$45,000
ALVA
$20,000
AMBER-POCASSET
$50,000
ANADARKO
$124,519
ARKOMA
$50,000
ATOKA
$100,000
AVANT
$50,000
BARTLESVILLE
$257,423
BATTIEST
$50,000
BELFONTE
$29,422
BERRYHILL
$196,450
BETHEL
$200,000
BISHOP
$100,000
BIXBY
$265,221
BRAGGS
$48,421
BRAY-DOYLE
$50,000
BRIGGS
$50,000
BROKEN ARROW
$500,000
BROKEN BOW
$183,000
BUTNER
$40,300
BYNG
$172,834
CANADIAN
$50,000
CANEY
$50,000
CARLTON LANDING ACADEMY
$42,000
CASHION
$100,000
CATOOSA
$200,000
CENTRAL HIGH
$50,000
CHANDLER
$111,356
CHEROKEE
$38,609
CLINTON
$182,995
COLEMAN
$46,200
COMANCHE
$100,000
CORDELL
$100,000
COTTONWOOD
$50,000
CROWDER
$50,000
DAVIS
$52,723
DEER CREEK
$300,000
DEER CREEK-LAMONT
$50,000
DENISON
$50,000
DEPEW
$50,000
DOVE SCHOOLS OF TULSA
$180,809
DOVE SCIENCE ACADEMY
$183,691
DRUMMOND
$50,000
DURANT
$283,000
ELK CITY
$136,102
EUFAULA
$149,000
FRIEND
$50,000
GOODWELL
$50,000
GROVE-Pottawatomie
$100,000
GUYMON
$290,000
GYPSY
$49,000
HAILEYVILLE
$17,398
HEAVENER
$100,000
HILLDALE
$200,000
HOLLY CREEK
$41,575
HUGO
$197,845
HYDRO-EAKLY
$50,000
INDIANOLA
$50,000
JAY
$200,000
JENKS
$164,180
JENNINGS
$34,000
John W. Rex Charter ES
$60,700
JUSTICE
$32,400
JUSTUS-TIAWAH
$100,000
KELLYVILLE
$86,503
KIEFER
$100,000
KINTA
$47,210
KREBS
$50,000
LANE
$30,000
LATTA
$100,000
LIBERTY-Sequoyah
$22,427
LUTHER
$100,000
MANGUM
$33,882
MARYETTA
$97,900
MAUD
$50,000
MAYSVILLE
$46,000
MCALESTER
$155,000
MINCO
$91,000
MOORE
$500,000
MORRIS
$100,000
MORRISON
$83,000
MULDROW
$200,000
MUSKOGEE
$265,221
MUSTANG
$300,000
NEWKIRK
$35,835
NOBLE
$300,000
NORTH ROCK CREEK
$33,000
OAKDALE
$36,976
OKC CHARTER: KIPP REACH COLL.
$50,000
OKLAHOMA CITY
$225,750
OKMULGEE
$200,000
OKTAHA
$100,000
PADEN
$50,000
PAWHUSKA
$24,500
PAWNEE
$100,000
PEGGS
$40,640
PONCA CITY
$284,135
PORTER CONSOLIDATED
$76,268
PORUM
$50,000
PRAGUE
$200,000
PRETTY WATER
$50,000
PRUE
$45,800
RED OAK
$50,000
RINGWOOD
$28,971
ROBIN HILL
$50,000
ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$45,283
ROLAND
$100,000
RYAN
$44,504
SALLISAW
$200,000
SAVANNA
$13,596
SAYRE
$99,890
SHADY GROVE
$45,600
SHATTUCK
$43,000
SHAWNEE
$300,000
SILO
$49,350
SMITHVILLE
$48,364
SOPER
$50,000
SOUTH ROCK CREEK
$46,000
SPRINGER
$41,575
STIGLER
$198,920
STILWELL
$181,650
STRATFORD
$74,000
STROUD
$100,000
TAHLEQUAH
$300,000
TALOGA
$45,500
TECUMSEH
$200,000
TEMPLE
$35,620
TENKILLER
$41,575
THACKERVILLE
$40,000
TIMBERLAKE
$49,714
TISHOMINGO
$93,640
TONKAWA
$70,833
TULSA
$360,070
TULSA SCH OF FINE ARTS
$50,000
VANOSS
$100,000
VARNUM
$50,000
VERDEN
$42,375
WASHINGTON
$180,895
WAYNE
$50,000
WEATHERFORD
$199,934
WEBBERS FALLS
$37,508
WELCH
$50,000
WHITE ROCK
$49,000
WILBURTON
$100,000
WILSON-Carter
$41,573
WILSON-Okmulgee
$46,000
WISTER
$50,000
YARBROUGH
$25,270
YUKON
$450,000
ZION
$42,570

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