WCSD Announces K-5 Summer Program Funding “Not Currently Available”

April 5, 2024

RUSSELL, Pa. – The Warren County School District announced on Friday, April 5, that state and federal funding for 2024 summer programs for K-5 students is “not currently available.”

“The Warren County School District (WCSD) acknowledges the value of enriching summer programs for K-5 students, including hands-on STEM activities and creative arts exploration,” the district said in the announcement. “Unfortunately, state/federal funding for the summer of 2024 is not currently available.”

WCSD Superintendent Gary Weber confirmed that the funding issue only extends to the elementary program. Other district summer programs such as Extended School Year have different funding sources.

“The district is actively exploring alternative funding sources to continue offering summer programming for students in grades K-5 formerly funded by the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) grant,” the announcement reads. “The WCSD understands the disappointment this news may cause and is dedicated to finding creative solutions to help continue the program. However, securing such funding can be challenging, and we cannot guarantee its availability at this time.”

Weber said the district has a meeting scheduled for early next week to determine the deadline to secure alternate funding.

The district said it will provide updates on the status of summer programming as they become available.

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