State Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) announces that the state Controlling Board recently approved coronavirus relief funding to support local schools and hospitals throughout the area. Schools are set to begin preparing for the upcoming school year. 

“COVID-19 has drastically impacted our communities in a multitude of ways and these funds will certainly help ease the burden of dealing with this virus on our schools, their staff, and most of all for the students,” said Ginter.

According to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM), the federal coronavirus relief aid can be used for a variety of needs, including protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation, and remote learning.

The school funding approved is being distributed based on enrollment. Additionally, there is funding to support students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students, as well as transportation obligations.

Here are the school district allocations approved by the Controlling Board within the 5th Ohio House District: 

  • Buckeye On-Line School for Success - $3,386

  • Utica Shale Academy of Ohio - $2,333

  • Columbiana County Board - $10,798

  • Columbiana County - $14,540

  • East Liverpool Christian School - $3,546

  • Heartland Christian School - $9,234

  • St Paul - $3,928

  • Beaver Local - $111,846

  • Columbiana Exempted Village - $51,103

  • Crestview Local - $61,653

  • East Liverpool City - $130,674

  • East Palestine City - $58,832

  • Leetonia Exempted Village - $36,496

  • Lisbon Exempted Village - $43,868

  • Salem City – $100,844

  • Southern Local - $167,823

  • United Local - $66,747

  • Wellsville Local - $36,614

Additionally, the Controlling Board approved funding to help rural hospitals, including both East Liverpool City Hospital and Salem Community Hospital. The measure provides critical access for Medicaid patients and the public in rural and underserved areas in response to the excessive challenges of the pandemic.

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