High school athletic and extracurricular programs in West Virginia will soon receive some assistance from the newly created Extracurricular Equity Fund (ECEF), with $4 million to be distributed among public and private schools around the Mountain State to help offset the hit schools took this fall due to COVID restrictions.
The West Virginia Department of Education announced the ECEF on Friday, with each school receiving funds based on enrollment — $50 per student to each school. The WVDE put up $2 million for the fund, which was matched by the state’s governor and Greenbrier East High girls basketball coach Jim Justice.
“As a coach, I’m in our schools all the time. I know how hard our athletes work, how diligently our bands and auxiliary groups prepare, and how hard our students in various clubs and groups work,” Justice said in a release from the WVDE. “These extracurricular activities are so important to our kids and our communities. The pandemic has been an absolute punch to the stomach in a lot of ways, but I do not want losses this year to adversely affect these activities in the years to come. That’s why I’m so proud that we’ve found a way to help through our Extracurricular Equity Fund. With the additional resources provided through these funds, we hope that extracurricular activities can be sustained and continue to provide children with rich and valued experiences. I want to thank Superintendent [Clayton] Burch for helping make this important initiative come to life.”
A full list of how much money each school will receive can be found here: Extracurricular Equity Fund Allocations