Kai Wang sat in a swivel chair in his family’s spare room, little legs swinging as his teacher filled the frame of his iPad.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 on Thursday to allocate about $115,000 to hire two additional county law enforcement deputies.
The move comes after the county was unsuccessful in its application earlier this year for grant funding through the office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component of the U.S. Justice Department, to assist with hiring more deputies.
Thursday’s move increases the number of uniformed county deputies to 62, including Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller, ranking administrative officers, and deputies assigned to criminal investigations, the state court system and school resource officers.
That leaves a little more than 40 deputies for road patrol, Keller said.
Keller earlier this year requested seven additional deputies, including the restoration of two positions that were eliminated as part of a compensation agreement to adjust the salaries of the officers.
The county set aside funds for three additional deputies, but the county
As the new school year begins, Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, will receive monetary aid from the state’s Learning Loss Mitigation Funding program.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Friday that $5.3 billion in learning loss mitigation funds will be split among all eligible local educational agencies in the state. BUSD will receive $5,288,054 in additional funding to support distance learning.
“Schools may be physically closed, but in California at least, class is still in session,” Newsom said in a press release. “While more work remains, districts across the state are in a far better position this semester to provide meaningful distance instruction to every child.”
The vast majority of the learning loss mitigation funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, said California Department of Education spokesperson Daniel Thigpen.
According to an estimate by the governor’s office based on current epidemiological data, more than