In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved a number of emergency support measures, including the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. About $30 million in ESSER grants have been set aside for North Dakota schools. Below is information about how the money has been allocated and how it may be spent.
- USED Equitable Services FAQ - Updated October 9, 2020
- USED Equitable Services Update - September 25, 2020
|Belcourt||St. Ann's Catholic School||$21,487|
|Bismarck||Martin Luther School||$2,209|
|Bismarck||The Innovation School||$0|
|Bismarck||Brentwood Adventist Christian School||$0|
|Bismarck||Shiloh Christian School||$12,832|
|Bismarck||Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Elementary School||$19,883|
|Bismarck||St. Anne Elementary School||$15,042|
|Bismarck||St. Mary's Central High School||$8,414|
|Bismarck||St. Mary's Elementary School||$0|
|Bismarck||St. Mary's Academy||$0|
|Bismarck||Missouri Valley Montessori||$0|
|Devils Lake||St. Joseph Elementary School||$7,339|
|Dickinson||Dickinson Catholic Schools||$15,171|
|Dickinson||Invitation Hill Adventist School||$0|
|Dickinson||Hope Christian Academy||$0|
|Fargo||Grace Lutheran Elementary School||$0|
|Fargo||Holy Spirit Elementary & Nativity Elementary||$73,558|
|Fargo||Sullivan Middle/Shanley High School||$0|
|Fargo||Oak Grove Lutheran Schools||$0|
|Fort Yates||St. Bernard Mission School||$37,753|
|Grand Forks||Holy Family Elementary School||$9,568|
|Grand Forks||St. Michaels Elementary School||$33,488|
|Jamestown||Anne Carlsen Center||$0|
|Jamestown||St. Johns Academy||$36,273|
|Langdon||St. Alphonsus Elementary School||$7,294|
|Mandan||Christ the King Montessori and Elementary School||$23,127|
|Mandan||St. Joseph Elementary School||$13,773|
|Minot||Bishop Ryan Catholic School||$7,037|
|Minot||Our Redeemers Christian||$0|
|Rugby||Little Flower Elementary||$3,399|
|Valley City||St. Catherine Elementary School||$4,695|
|Wahpeton||St. Johns Catholic Elementary School||$3,694|
|West Fargo||Trinity Elementary||$16,914|
|Williston||St. Josephs Elementary School||$17,338|
|Williston||Trinity Christian School||$0|
Capital Expenditures Guidance
Recipients of federal funds must get prior written approval before spending funds on capital expenditures. (2 CFR § 200.439(b)(1)). Capital expenditures include the funds an entity spends to buy, maintain, or improve its fixed assets, such as buildings, vehicles, equipment, or land.
- The standard threshold for getting prior approval is $5,000. Capital expenditures exceeding $5,000 must be justified as COVID-related and receive written prior approval.
- Considerations regarding
- Procurement – 2 CFR § 200.317-327
- Construction – 34 CFR § 75.600-617
- Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rules – 20 U.S. Code § 1232b
- Uniform Grant Guidance Rules – 2 CFR § 200.310-316
- Prior approval rules – 2 CFR § 200.439
- Rules on real property – 2 CFR § 200.311
- Rules on financing costs – 2 CFR § 200.449
- EDGAR construction rules – 34 CFR § 76.660, 34 CFR §§ 75.600-75.617
- Construction projects are also subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act
- The NDDPI revised the form to obtain approval on capital expenses funded with ESSER dollars.
- Districts will also need to submit SFN 52304 (School Construction Approval Request) for any requests in excess of $150,000 to Adam Tescher.
- The form can be submitted to Lisa Johnson.
- This new process is effective March 4, 2021.
Information on Construction Designs
School districts requesting to use ESSER funding for construction must request prior approval by submitting the “Capital Expenses – Prior Approval” form. Before construction is advertised or placed on the market for bidding, the grantee shall get approval of the final working drawings and specifications using the guide below:
Final Working Drawings:
Architectural and engineering drawings which consist of acceptable reproducibles. These drawings provide information about various aspects of the construction of the building including architectural (floor plans, interior and exterior elevations, and sections), ornamental, structural, mechanical, electrical, and air-conditional details, as well as site and landscaping plans. This is probably the most important class of records since they provide not only detailed instructions for the erection of the building but also present a comprehensive and detailed picture of its design.
Guides for individual construction projects which outline material requirements and explain the materials and manufactured items depicted or related drawings.
Questions on this requirement can be directed to Jamie Mertz, Department of Public Instruction Fiscal Director, at 328-2176.