Knox County schools receives $114 million in federal funding


Knox County schools will get $114 million in federal funding as part of the federal relief package, according to state records.

The money is part of the third round of the Emergency and Secondary School Relief Fund, commonly referred to as ESSER 3.0.

Other school districts in the area also stand to gain millions of dollars.

Allocations to other area schools are:

  • Alcoa: $2.2 million
  • Blount County: $16.9 million
  • Clinton City: $1.5 million
  • Maryville: $4 million
  • Oak Ridge: $7 million
  • Anderson: $11.7 million

Hamilton County Schools will receive $91 million, while Davidson will get $276.7 million and Shelby will receive $503 million, state records show.

The money is part of the $1.9 trillion Covid relief package Congress approved almost two weeks ago.

All funds given to school districts are one-time only payments and must be spent on items or activities related directly to the COVID-19 pandemic such as technology, safety measures or catching school children back up on their studies.