Sedgwick County Commissioners approve funding for kids at home

Rodney Price
December 02, 2020 - 1:54 pm
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The Sedgwick County Commission allocated $2 million from CARES Act funding to help local schools manage the children now at home due to the pandemic.

Wichita USD 259 went to full remote learning Wednesday and commissioners are concerned for parents who are having to choose between work and watching their kids. The county plans to discuss the issue with Wichita school board officials and come up with a proposal.

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The board also approved funding for robotic equipment used by the Wichita State University Molecular Diagnostics Lab after learning it was unclear if the equipment was in the lab's original proposal. All CARES Act funding must be documented, to confirm it was spent appropriately or risk a potential audit.

Robotics are used to automate and increase the throughput of COVID-19 testing, up to 4500 saliva samples per day.

Finally, the commission approved a $4.1 million agreement to purchase the former Riverside Hospital building at 2622 W. Central and transform it into office space. As part of the contract, the county has 90 days to inspect the property to determine if it fits their needs and may cancel the agreement at their discretion.

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