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Meeting Date: 09/21/2021  
Submitted For: Brandon Wright Contact: Kristoff Bauer, Deputy City Manager

COUNCIL ACTION
Motion by Councilmember Brown-Patrick with a second by Councilmember Hughes to approve as presented. Motion passes 7-0.
AGENDA ITEM:
Consider allocating $1 million in DeSoto's share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the purpose of addressing educational disparities and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement with the DeSoto Independent School District for tutoring services to achieve this priority
BACKGROUND:
The City has received an allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) funding to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA specifically identifies “Addressing Educational Disparities” as an important priority of that Act.  Department of The Treasury, 31 CFR Part 35, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, states in part that “Evidence-based educational services and practices to address the academic needs of students, including tutoring” can be supported by the ARPA. 
 
The DeSoto Independent School District (“District”) has developed a tutoring program to assist children in grades 3 through 5 who have fallen behind during the 18-month pandemic. They presented this program to the Council and School Board during a joint meeting held on August 19, 2021. The tutoring program has an estimated cost of just over $950,000 and would provide support for up to 1,050 children. It was stated during discussion of this initiative that 30% of school age residents of DeSoto do not attend class at the District. The Council expressed an interest in ensuring that 20% of the capacity of the tutoring program be reserved for DeSoto resident students who are not enrolled at the District.
 
The City had identified addressing educational disparities as a priority programing up to $1 million in ARPA funds to address that need.
FINDINGS:
The proposed interlocal agreement incorporates the tutoring program design as described to the Council during the joint meeting on Aug. 19 with one change; a requirement to make available 20% (210) of the slots for students residing in DeSoto who do not attend the District is included in the contract.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
The City has received an initial allocation of $7.3 million in  American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The funding for this agreement is proposed to be provided by a $1 million allocation that ARPA funding. No matching funds are required from the City of DeSoto.
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends that the City Council allocate $1 million in DeSoto's share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the purpose of addressing educational disparities and authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract for up to $1 million with the DeSoto Independent School District for tutoring services to achieve this priority.
MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Attachments
Interlocal with DeSoto Independent School District for Tutoring Services


    

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