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As pandemic relief expires, leaders detail plans

As pandemic relief expires, leaders detail plans
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Metro Nashville Public Schools is set to ask the Metro Council for permission to an additional $12 million from its fund balance to partially offset the expiration of federal pandemic relief funds this year.

The city initially estimated the district would have a $65 million surplus in its fund balance in the 2022-23 fiscal year, but that surplus actually came out to $77 million, according to MNPS Director Adrienne Battle. The council previously approved the district’s use of the estimated $65 million to use toward various expenses. The district’s overall fund balance was estimated around $270 million as of June 30. While Mayor Freddie O’Connell has approved the district’s request to use the additional $12 million, it must now gain approval from the Metro Council.

The district has received nearly half a billion federal dollars in COVID-19 relief funds since March 2020. That numbers tops $4 billion for Tennessee as a whole.

MNPS Director Adrienne Battle speaks to the MNPS Board of Education during a meeting on July 25.

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Battle shared plans for requesting and using the additional funds during a Jan. 26 MNPS Board of Education retreat. Instead of facing a funding cliff, she said the district is building a funding bridge that will give them time to make long-term plans to offset the federal funding. She praised her team’s proactive approach and said their current position was made possible by ongoing, honest conversations with city leaders.



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