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MTSD, Milton Town School District, will be seeking to engage with the community this summer regarding plans for ARP ESSER funds. Please read through this webpage for information about ESSER and to find important next steps for providing feedback on ARP ESSER funds.

What is ESSER?

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is a federal formula grant managed by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE). Non-recurring, emergency aid subgrants are being allocated by the AOE to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by a formula based on Title I, Part A allocations - Milton Town School District is one of those LEAs. Funds are broken down into three parts: ESSER I, ESSER II, and ARP ESSER (formerly ESSER III). These grants are considered one-time funds.
The purpose of ESSER Grant funds is to support districts in implementing their plans for lifting student learning

What are the different types of ESSER Funds?

    Known as Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) ESSER funds. MTSD allocation: $276,875
    An expansion of CARES ESSER funds and with the addition of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRPSA) funds. MTSD allocation: $1,245,609
    Known as the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER funds. MTSD allocation: $2,806,449
For more information about the ESSER funds check out the U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet. The fact sheet outlines the differences between each type of ESSER fund.

What's next?

ARP ESSER - Meaningful Consultation & Timeline

  • July 22nd - Presentation to the Community regarding the MTSD ESSER Plan
  • July 27th - Communication to Faculty / Staff and Families about the ESSER Plan along with a link to the public comment survey
  • July 24th - August 6th - Public Comment period
  • August 24th - Grant Submission Due
The plan will be posted here on the district website. Communication will also go out through Messenger for the MTSD Faculty/Staff and Families and community-wide via our social media platforms. 

What is Title I, Part A?

Title I, Part A is a Consolidated Federal Program with the purpose of providing all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. MRPS receives Title I funding each year.

Meaningful Consultation Survey

What's next? Federal Funds are being allocated to schools to aid in recovery & reopening after the COVID-19 related restrictions. It's necessary for schools to submit plans for how the funds will be used. Part of the submission process is gathering input from the school faculty, staff, and community.