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Educators worry about impact once federal covid grants run out

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023–4:51 p.m.

-Adam Carey, Rome News-Tribune-

Rome and Floyd County school systems are scheduled to lose approximately $65 million in federal covid funds once those grants expire in 2024, according to a story in the Rome News-Tribune.

These funds — typically used for learning coaches, councilors, and other paraprofessionals — are set to expire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year in May 2024, according to, an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education.

The federal pandemic funds are meant to give students and teachers extra support in order to correct educational lapses which occurred during the pandemic.

Across both the city and county school systems, the federal pandemic grants cover around 60 positions.

Each school system has or will receive roughly $30 million through 2024.

Both Floyd County School Superintendent Glenn White and Rome City School Superintendent Eric Holland said needed positions would be very challenging to keep when the grants expire.

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