September 21, 2021

School districts hesitate to use ARP funding for construction projects

A survey by the AASA reveals that school districts across the country don’t plan to spend much of their American Rescue Plan funds on facilities renovations or new construction.

Close to half of districts indicated they would spend no more than 10% of ARP funding on school facilities improvements, while 16% of districts said they would spend between a quarter to half of ARP funding on such improvements.

About 25% of respondents indicated the 2024 spending deadline was an obstacle in using the ARP funds for infrastructure and construction. Although reasons varied slightly, the most common issue identified was finding contractors willing and able to take on projects given continuing supply chain disruptions.

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