“After identifying the needs for each city and throughout the county, we had funds left over and saw the additional expenditures the schools would need to spend to bring students back to school," said Alison McCoy, Tooele County auditor. "Because the CARES act funding allows us to pass it along to another government entity, as opposed to sending the funds back, the county decided to donate them to the school district.”
The school district is the County’s partner in economic development. As such, Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne saw this as an opportunity to strengthen education in the county.
“The school district partners with us for incentives for economic development. We thought it would be appropriate to help them in the same kind of manner we have put together small business loans and grant money,” said Milne. “Economic development requires an educated workforce to attract businesses. It’s all interconnected.”
The transfer of $325,000 of CARES Act funds to the school district was formally approved by the County Commission during their August 4 meeting.
Currently, the plan is to use the funds to purchase additional personal protective equipment for the schools or to help with the purchase of student's electronic devices for the Digital Teaching and Learning Initiative.
The Tooele County School District oversees 26 brick and mortar schools across the county along with two K-12 online schools. They serve about 18,000 students from preschool to grade 12.