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Columbus School Board Voting On $25 Million In COVID-Related Spending

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
David Holm
Columbus City Schools Board of Education

The Columbus Board of Education votes Tuesday night on nearly $25 million in coronavirus-related expenditures. 

The school board agenda lists $7.15 million to pay for more Chromebooks so students can attend classes and do school work online. All students in the district are starting the school year with all-virtual learning. 

Students may also have to stay home other times during the school calendar if the rate of COVID-19 cases does not decrease.

Also listed is $3,808,331 for coronavirus-related needs as provided by the federal CARES Act. Those funds could be used for items such as PPE, including face masks and hand sanitizer.

Most of the money, $14 million, would provide grab-and-go meal packs, for three or five days, to feed the district’s more than 50,000 students while they're attending school from home. That portion of expenses would be reimbursed by the federal school lunch and breakfast programs.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.