News Flash

Town News and Updates

Posted on: July 13, 2022

Some ARPA Money Committed To Schools

DSC09602

Recently, the Town Council decided to dedicate $1.7 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money to help smooth out the school budget. As part of a long-term plan, the remainder of that federal funding is in line to be spent on education.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Matt Sheley at (401) 842-6543 or msheley@middletownri.com

DSC09602 

SOME ARPA MONEY COMMITTED TO SCHOOLS

 

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (JULY 13, 2022) – The Town of Middletown has designated more of its American Rescue Plan Act funding.


As part of the recently approved Fiscal 2023 budget, the Town Council set aside $1.7 million in federal rescue dollars to help the schools and bolster educational programs.


The biggest chunk of that money — $800,000 — was to replace the nonrecurring revenue in the school budget. The goal is to “smooth” things over so there’s not a spike one year and a large dip the next with the education numbers.


The council okayed spending $230,000 in ARPA money for the school’s “Beyond The Bell” program as well as a coordinator, $250,000 to the summer school program and $75,000 for the “Parents As Teachers” program.  Hearing about the age of some of the sports equipment, the council set aside $200,000 for new gear and uniforms.


In case unanticipated issues cropped up in the school budget, the council set aside close to $570,000 to cover expenses.


Further committing to the new town Department of Children, Youth & Learning, the council allocated $110,000 to a Healthy Communities Coordinator, $25,000 in program costs and $10,000 in operating costs for the effort. The new department has been championed by Councilman Dennis Turano to help students with learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic and get them more ready for “the real world” after leaving Middletown schools.


“We look forward to continue working together, as we have been to be able to rectify things,” School Committee Chairwoman Theresa Spengler said. “We appreciate the council’s support and obviously, we have the best interest of our students in mind.”


Last year, the town learned it was in line to receive about $4.75 million in federal ARPA money. That money was part of a sweeping program from President Joe Biden to help communities across the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


At this point, the council has not formally designated a use for about $2.75 million of its remaining ARPA money.


However, as part of the town’s long-term plan to help the school figures, the remainder of the ARPA money would be used to stabilize future education budgets. Future Town Councils in Fiscal2024, Fiscal 2025 and Fiscal 2026 would need to sign off on that plan.


Previously, more than 100 residents and businesspeople submitted suggestions for how best to use the ARPA money. Those ranged from helping the schools to recreational projects, beefing up economic development and dozens of other ideas.


Town staff said a date for the council to discuss the ARPA money again has not been set. Under ARPA rules, the town must obligate the ARPA money no later than Dec. 31, 2024.


Document Link: https://www.middletownri.com/DocumentCenter/View/5208/NYCU-ARPA


####

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Town News and Updates

Lifeguards-2

Lifeguards Needed

Posted on: August 3, 2022
IMG_1006

Public Safety Camp A Success

Posted on: August 2, 2022
HEAD START JOB FAIR (Facebook Post) (1)

EBCAP Career Fair

Posted on: August 2, 2022
1

Election Day Ballot Shaping Up

Posted on: August 2, 2022
DSC03559

"Where Am I?" Answer -- August 2022

Posted on: August 11, 2022
Recycle Right-20

Remember To "Recycle Right!"

Posted on: August 10, 2022
Notify Me-8

Get Notified About Middletown

Posted on: August 10, 2022
FullSizeRender

MHS Football Fundraiser Car Wash

Posted on: July 30, 2022
DSC03547

"Where Am I?" -- August 2022

Posted on: August 9, 2022
Bonfire Beach Concert Series-4

Get In On The Fun

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Town Council-8

Town Council Meeting On Aug. 15

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Victory Day-2

Town Offices Closed Monday, Aug. 8

Posted on: August 5, 2022
Beach Safety Riptides-2

Beach Safety Reminder

Posted on: August 4, 2022
CENTER AVENUE PAVING PROJECT-2

Center Avenue Paving Project

Posted on: August 2, 2022
Food Truck Beach Concert Series-2

Monday Beach Concert Series

Posted on: July 29, 2022
Surfers End Swimming-2

Swimming At Surfer's End

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Beach Safety Lifeguard

Beach Safety Reminder

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Booster

Boost Against COVID-19

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Town Council

Town Council Meeting On Aug. 1

Posted on: July 29, 2022
Recycle Right-4

Remember To Recycle Right!

Posted on: July 27, 2022
Surfers End Swimming-3

Swimming At Surfer's End Closed

Posted on: July 22, 2022
Molar Express-2

"Molar Express" On The Way

Posted on: July 26, 2022
image001

Middletown Police VIN Check Reminder

Posted on: July 22, 2022
image

RIDOT Catch Basin Cleaning

Posted on: July 22, 2022
Get Here Early-3

Get To The Beach Early

Posted on: July 22, 2022
Election Workers

Election Workers Needed

Posted on: July 25, 2022
image

Keep Them Safe

Posted on: July 25, 2022
Beach Safety Buddy-3

Beach Safety Reminder

Posted on: July 22, 2022
Heat-3

Catch A Break From The Heat

Posted on: July 20, 2022
70.257x125

Know Your Escape Route

Posted on: August 1, 2022
64.257x125

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Posted on: July 25, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

Come Hear More About Regionalization

Posted on: July 20, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

We Need Feedback From Students

Posted on: July 20, 2022
Pup-2

Pick Up After Your Pup

Posted on: July 19, 2022
image

RIDOT East Main Road Repairs

Posted on: July 14, 2022
image011

Steer Clear Of Downed Shorebirds

Posted on: July 13, 2022
image001

See Something, Say Something

Posted on: July 14, 2022
Vacancy-2

Board & Committee Members Needed

Posted on: July 13, 2022
Town Council-7

Regular Town Council Meeting July 18

Posted on: July 15, 2022
MFD Logo

Firefighter Training

Posted on: July 8, 2022
Image 5

Seagull Rescued

Posted on: July 7, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

Regionalization Works

Posted on: July 13, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

Regionalization Works

Posted on: July 11, 2022
Lawrence Frank

Council Candidate Withdraws

Posted on: July 7, 2022
image001

Traffic Stop Nets Charges

Posted on: July 6, 2022
DSC09068

Fiscal 2023 Budget Approved

Posted on: July 5, 2022
DSC04773

"Where Am I?" Answer - July 2022

Posted on: July 8, 2022
DSC04710

"Where Am I?" -- July 2022

Posted on: July 6, 2022

Diseased Lindens Getting Removed

Posted on: July 5, 2022
7822 Regionalization FAQ

Frequently Asked Question Friday

Posted on: July 8, 2022
DSC05077

Paradise School Stairs Replacement

Posted on: July 1, 2022
DSC04920

Adapter Check

Posted on: July 1, 2022
Recycle Right-18

Recycle Right!

Posted on: July 5, 2022
The Town Of Middletown

Happy Fourth

Posted on: July 4, 2022
IMG_7144

Missing Dog Report

Posted on: June 29, 2022
IMG_0133

Middletown Election Races Set

Posted on: June 29, 2022
fourth graphic

Talk To Your Kids

Posted on: June 29, 2022
DSC04216

Local, State Races Start Filling In

Posted on: June 28, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-06-27 at 8.31.59 PM

Regionalization Survey Here

Posted on: June 27, 2022
DSC04190

Election Season Starts

Posted on: June 27, 2022
Get Boosted-8

Boost Up

Posted on: June 29, 2022
New Years-5

Town Hall Closed On July 4

Posted on: July 1, 2022
Regional Survey-2

Have Your Say About Regionalization

Posted on: June 24, 2022
How Are We Doing-4

Fill Out A Beach Survey

Posted on: June 27, 2022
MFD Logo

Have An Escape Plan

Posted on: June 24, 2022
MFD Logo

Tenga un plan de escape

Posted on: June 24, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

Be Heard On Regionalization

Posted on: June 23, 2022
English Save The Date

Save The Date!

Posted on: June 17, 2022
Spanish Save The Date

¡Reserva!

Posted on: June 17, 2022
Republic Truck

New Waste Hauling Contract Approved

Posted on: June 15, 2022
Early Start-2

Town Council Meeting On June 20

Posted on: June 17, 2022
Volunteer-3

Thanks To Our Volunteers

Posted on: June 15, 2022
DSC08819

Reminder From Middletown Fire

Posted on: June 14, 2022
Get Vaccinated-2

Never Too Late To Vaccinate

Posted on: October 12, 2021
Windmill in Field

Create an Account

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Keep in Touch

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Website Personalization Now Available!

Posted on: November 22, 2016