Local Schools Get Federal Funding as Pandemic Continues

State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, has announced that more than $46 million in federal funding will be received by school districts within the 112th District to aid in returning students safely to the classroom. Dunmore School District is scheduled to receive $3.24 million.

“It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic pulled students out of the classroom and into virtual learning programs. My heart breaks for our students who missed out on so many educational, social and extracurricular experiences and memories,” Mullins said. “This support for area school districts will ensure that students are returning to safe, clean and positive learning environments, which should be a priority at all levels of government.”

The other school districts in the 112th Legislative District which will receive federal funding include Scranton School District, $35.76 million; Mid Valley School District, $4.08 million, and Valley View School District, $2.96 million.

These funds are part of the $4.9 billion awarded to Pennsylvania via the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden. These dollars can be used for food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; mental health support and more.

At least 20% of the funds must be used to address learning loss along with the social, emotional, and academic needs of underrepresented students. This shall include students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and students experiencing homelessness or other hardships. 

School districts and charter schools must apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive an apportioned share of the funds set aside for these purposes. Funds must be used by September 2024.

Remembering Regina Donovan

Donovan Regina obit photoRegina “Jeanne” Donovan
April 21, 2020

Regina “Jeanne” Donovan, age 65, formally Regina Margotta, of Mt. Cobb, who lived most of her life in Dunmore, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at home surrounded by her family.  Her devoted husband of over 20 years is Paul Donovan.  

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank “Mabock” and Rosie Margotta.  She graduated from Dunmore High School in 1972, and before her retirement in 2010, she was employed by the Dunmore School District.  

Jeanne and Paul enjoyed traveling and sailing on many cruises. Jeanne especially loved when they were joined by family on their many adventures.  Jeanne’s legacy is her love for animals.  She displayed a selfless love toward all animals and her home was a haven for many different animals who visited her daily.  Often, she would open her home to feed or nurse a stray or any animal that needed extra love or a little help.  Jeanne was once honored by the Lackawanna County Commissioners and featured on the news for her heroic actions to save the life of an endangered Blue Herron at McDade Park.  Her love for animals was endearing and will be missed by all, especially the animals under her care. 

Surviving are her two loving children, Jill White and husband Matthew of Jefferson Township and Frank Margotta and his wife Melissa of Nicholson Township.   Additionally, Jeanne, affectionately known as “Gege” is survived by her six grandchildren, Shelbe, Haile, Abbie, Frankie, Ellie, and Angelo who were the light of her life.   Jeanne is also survived by her devoted sisters Lucy Roth of Scranton, and Connie Uhrin of Old Forge.  

The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their support and compassion, but most importantly they would like to thank her devoted sisters Lucy and Connie who stayed by her side administered the care and comforted her in her last days.   

A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements and care provided by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore.

To offer the family a condolence. Please visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com.     

State Grant to Fund Safety Efforts in Dunmore School District

dunmore schoolDunmore School District was among the recipients of  total of $554,407 in state grants been awarded to area school districts to support and implement school safety efforts, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced last week. Dunmore’s grant totals $35,000.

“There should be no limit to the extent to which we go about protecting our children,” Mullins said. “Students and school-based professionals deserve to feel safe at school, and they deserve to know their state leaders will continue to work with school districts to secure these critical grants.”

“I am pleased to see this funding approved to allow our schools to be proactive in keeping kids safe,” Flynn said. “The programs and equipment will not only enhance school security, but also ensure students have the safest learning environments.”

Other school districts that received funding are: Abington Heights, $40,000; Mid Valley, $35,000; Valley View, $75,900, and Scranton, $368,507.

The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.