Hamilton County Schools updating windows at 4 schools with federal money

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Aged windows are a concern at Tyner Academy. Tyner Academy Principal Gerald Harris gave the Times Free Press a tour of the school's facilities on December 6, 2019.

As Hamilton County Schools works to return all its students to campus, federal funds have been used to boost air circulation in classrooms.

Upgrading ventilation was one of a number of changes to guidelines on school operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic released recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

School districts have received federal money through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Hamilton County Schools received $9.8 million in one round of funding and $38.8 million from another, according to a presentation to the school board on March 15.

The district is budgeting 12.3% of the second round for facilities needs and maintenance, or about $4.4 million. The facilities needs and maintenance category is a new category added to the second round, deputy superintendent Nakia Towns said during the March 15 school board budget workshop.