The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has re-allocated $5 million in federal COVID-19 assistance so they can support Prince William County Public Schools. The Board voted 8-0 Tuesday to spend the money, part of the county’s CARES Act funding.
“It’s all uncharted territory and they will have extra expenses,” board Chair Ann Wheeler said of the school division’s coronavirus-related costs.
The funding must be spent before the end of the year. Prince William County School Board Chair Babur Lateef asked the board of county supervisors June 16 to dedicate $42.5 million to help the school division safely reopen schools in the fall. Occoquan Supervisor Kenny Boddye said when the county receives another round of CARES Act funding, funding the school division should be “in front of the line,” he said. The school division is the county’s largest employer, he said. “It is our fiduciary responsibility,” Boddye said during the meeting.