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Springfield schools seek public input on spending $80 million in COVID relief funds

the front of a school building
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC
The entrance to the Rebecca Johnson Elementary School in Springfield

School department posts online survey

The largest public school district in western Massachusetts is looking for public input on how to spend $80 million in COVID relief money.

The Springfield Public Schools received the aid through the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, fund.

The objectives of the program are to keep public schools open and maximize in-person instruction time.

To get public input, the school department has posted a survey on its website.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Chris Collins, the vice-chairman of the Springfield School Committee.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.