School Funding

Elma School District receives funding from four different categories: 

Basic Education: Basic education funding pays for classroom teachers, building administrators, less than one counselor per building, secretaries, library, district office, and supplies.

State/Federal Programs: State and Federal program funding helps fund special education, career and technical education (CTE), Title I, II, and III (student supports, food service, transportation, and LAP (Learning Assistance Programs).

ESSER: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER) funds are to be used to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. ESSER funds are used to pay for state mandates including masks and COVID testing, COVID costs including increased staffing for contact tracing, quarantine substitutes, building/facility safety - site study, and to offset enrollment decrease as a result of the pandemic. ESSER funds have allowed the district to keep learning in-person this school year.

  • ESSER dollars are not ongoing funds. 
  • They are one-time funds to cover expenses associated with the pandemic.
  • There are restrictions on how ESSER funds can be spent.

Local Levy: Services for students, high-quality instruction, activities and athletics, technology, health, and helps bridge the funding gaps in other sources of funding. For example, Elma School District is funded for less than one full time nurse. Elma School District employs three full time nurses to support our needs. Levy dollars help fund our nurses.

Levy dollars fund 15% of the Elma School District's budget.

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