$326K in CARES Act funding approved for schools

By Aila Boyd



Dr. John Russ and Brandon Lee present before the Board of Supervisors. [PHOTO: M.T. Eley]
The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors voted on Aug. 25 to approve the appropriation of $326,444.82 in CARES Act funding for Botetourt County Public Schools. The request for approval was presented by Dr. John Russ, the division’s superintendent, and Brandon Lee, the division’s director of finance. 

The appropriation comes after all five members of the Botetourt County School Board voted on Aug. 13 to authorize Dr. Russ to seek the approval from the Board of Supervisors. 

It was noted that the funds will be used to purchase COVID-19-related supplies, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. 

Lee said, “These funds will be used to support a couple of different areas, but mainly sanitization within the schools. Some of the items will include hand sanitizer, wipes, spray bottles, disinfectant solutions for spray bottles, cleaning services and electrostatic spraying equipment for schools and transportation.” He added that masks for faculty and students and hand sanitizer stations will also be purchased using the funds. 

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