U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) announced today that Gadsden County schools will receive $1,903,463 in federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This federal funding is part of an investment of nearly $1.8 billion that was released to the state of Florida by the U.S. Department of Education this week. Gadsden County will use this funding to support teaching jobs and preserve needed programs at area schools.
“The federal funding is great news for Gadsden County,” said Boyd. “Providing quality education is something that is very important to me and the people of North Florida, and there is no doubt that these stimulus dollars will help many students, teachers and families in the Gadsden County area.”
To date, Florida has received nearly $600 million in stimulus dollars to fund programs such as Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The state is eligible to apply for an additional $891 million this fall.
"This will go a long way to enhance and support the program we have at the (Pat Thomas) law enforcement academy," said Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James. "We are very thankful to the congressman for his support and for helping to obtain these funds."