CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – At a meeting Wednesday night, Canfield School Board member Dave Wilkeson said he was “outraged” by what he called an “inequity” in the funding of federal money recently given to school districts.
He pointed out that Canfield received $617,000, Austintown received $2.8 million and Boardman received $3.1 million. But he was really outraged that Youngstown received $22 million — 35 times what Canfield received.
Wilkeson wasn’t outraged at the Youngstown City Schools, but rather, the federal government.
“I can’t believe that the federal government expected these dollars to be windfalls for certain districts where other districts like ours are still in the red in our spending because of the pandemic. We should be outraged,” he said.
The money was divided up by the State of Ohio according to poverty levels in each district. Wilkeson said he understands that districts with higher poverty levels will have more expenses because of the pandemic, though.