SPUSD going for grant to hire
counselors and resource officer

June 25, 2014
Santa Paula News

The Santa Paula Unified School District is submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Education for a School Climate Transformation Grant. The U.S. Department of Education is recommending that schools across the United States improve their overall school climate to diminish the impact of school violence. This initiative is designed to develop, enhance or expand Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for both academic achievement and behavior at schools.

The district will be the lead agency and is partnering with the Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura County Behavioral Health, Clinicas del Camino Real, Palmer Drug Abuse Prevention Program and Latino Town Hall, to submit the application.

The School Climate Transformation Grant allows districts to apply for $750,000 per year for five years to address school climate issues. The U.S. Department of Education is granting 118 awards across the United States and will notify districts by September 2014. In the application, the district will request funds to support school counselors, a school social worker, a School Resource Officer, and establish sub-contracts with community-based organizations to offer mental health services, substance abuse prevention and intervention and other community resources.

The grant application does not require a financial match. Since the district is already allocating funds from the Local Control Accountability Plan to hire five full time school counselors to serve nine schools, the grant would allow the district to hire full time counselors at every elementary site, increasing the number of counselors from five to eight in year one. The grant would have a project director paid through grant funds.

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