GIPS will use COVID funds for musical instruments

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – Grand Island public school student musicians can get new instruments to play.

The Grand Island School Board on Monday approved a plan to use $550,000 to purchase dozens of string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments for students in music and orchestral programs throughout the district. The board approved offers from Ron’s Music for $266,000 and Yanda’s Music for $263,000. Both are Grand Island businesses.

A district spokesperson told Local4 the money comes from a federal COVID relief program known as the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund. The district’s website says Grand Island public schools are receiving a total of $18 million in ESSER funding. The plan shown on the website says the district will spend about half of that money on capital expenditures for technology and buildings.

Capital projects include improvements to Grand Island Senior High, Walnut and Westridge Middle Schools, and Howard, Lincoln, Wasmer, West Lawn, Knickrehm, Newell and Gates Elementary Schools.

The rest of the ESSER money will be used for salaries and benefits, professional services, and educational materials and supplies.

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