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U.S. Department of Education Awards $26 Million to School Districts to Improve Readiness and Emergency Response Plans


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Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576


School districts across the country will be able to improve and strengthen their emergency management plans as a result of $26 million in grants awarded today by the U.S. Department of Education. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program will enable 108 school districts to improve plans that address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

"The safety of kids is our number one priority," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "In order for children to learn, they have to feel safe. It's our responsibility to help schools create safe learning environments for students. These grants will support that effort."

In addition to addressing the four phases of emergency management, plans must commit school districts to coordinate with officials in law enforcement, local government, public safety, public health and mental health; train school officials in emergency management; and provide a method for communicating emergency and reunification procedures to parents and guardians. Projects should support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and include plans designed to prepare districts for infectious disease outbreaks and take into consideration districts' special needs populations.

Funds may be used to coordinate with local emergency responders, including fire, police, and health and public health agencies; conduct drills and exercises; purchase emergency supplies and equipment; and to train staff and students on emergency response procedures.

The grants are housed within the Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office also coordinates the Department's efforts in these areas with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A complete list of the 108 grant awards follows:

ALABAMA

Enterprise Board of Education
Enterprise, AL
$99,250

ARKANSAS

Bentonville Public Schools
Bentonville, AR
$678,264

ARIZONA

Ft. Thomas Unified School District
Ft. Thomas, AZ
$106,661

CALIFORNIA

Northern Humboldt Union High School District
McKinleyville, CA
$99,458

Glendale Unified School District
Glendale, CA
$344,289

Elk Grove Unified School District
Elk Grove, CA
$467,826

Del Norte County Office of Education
Crescent City, CA
$239,966

Ontario-Montclair School District
Ontario, CA
$250,000

Butte County Office of Education
Oroville, CA
$249,463

Marin County Office of Education
San Rafael, CA
$373,865

Westminster School District
Westminster, CA
$236,522

Fortuna Union Elementary School District
Fortuna, CA
$385,057

Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA
$383,014

Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Los Angeles, CA
$336,528

Santa Clara County Office of Education
San Jose, CA
$499,994

Lodi Unified School District
Lodi, CA
$235,137

El Rancho Unified School District
Pico Rivera, CA
$252,059

Tuolumne School District
Sonora, CA
$499,655

Mare Island Technology Academy
Vallejo, CA
$250,000

COLORADO

Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, CO
$724,051

FLORIDA

School Board of Lake County
Tavares, FL
$248,664

School District of Lee County
Fort Myers, FL
$457,004

School Board of Polk County
Bartow, FL
$592,602

GEORGIA

Fulton County Board of Education
Atlanta, GA
$606,284

Glynn County Schools
Brunswick, GA
$241,424

ILLINOIS

Waukegan Public School District 60
Waukegan, IL
$219,148

School District U-46
Elgin, IL
$458,995

Cook County High School District 201
Cicero, IL
$441,730

Waltonville Community Unit School District #1
Waltonville, IL
$75,000

INDIANA

Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
Indianapolis, IN
$186,719

Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County
New Palestine, IN
$97,726

Evansville Vanderburg School Corporation
Evansville, IN
$249,236

John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services
Indianapolis, IN
$481,222

Metropolitan School District of Washington Township
Indianapolis, IN
$250,000

IOWA

Ankeny Community Schools
Ankeny, IA
$183,071

KENTUCKY

West Kentucky Educational Cooperative
Murray, KY
$500,000

Magoffin County Schools
Salyersville, KY
$99,803

Carter County School District
Grayson, KY
$84,514

Whitley County Board of Education
Williamsburg, KY
$100,486

Leslie County Board of Education
Hyden, KY
$99,900

Gallatin County Schools
Warsaw, KY
$95,975

Hazard Independent Board of Education
Hazard, KY
$98,900

Johnson County Schools
Paintsville, KY
$99,000

LOUISIANA

East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Baton Rouge, LA
$456,733

Bossier Parish Schools
Benton, LA
$459,325

MARYLAND

Harford County Board of Education
Bel Air, MD
$214,913

MASSACHUSETTS

Taunton Public Schools
Taunton, MA
$230,400

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District
Rochester, MA
$99,500

Triton Public Schools
Byfield, MA
$100,000

Weymouth Public Schools
Weymouth, MA
$216,783

Arlington Public Schools
Arlington, MA
$99,289

Lexington Public Schools
Lexington, MA
$99,709

MICHIGAN

Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District
Bay City, MI
$316,047

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor, MI
$314,525

School District of the City of River Rouge
River Rouge, MI
$248,365

Michigan, cont.

Clarkston Community Schools
Clarkston, MI
$249,074

Godwin Heights Public Schools
Wyoming, MI
$98,497

Taylor School District
Taylor, MI
$242,739

Monroe County Intermediate School District
Monroe, MI
$244,966

MINNESOTA

Hopkins Independent School District
Hopkins, MN
$246,500

MISSISSIPPI

Webster County School District
Euphora, MS
$100,000

MISSOURI

The Paideia Academy
St. Louis, MO
$262,546

MONTANA

Butte Silver Bow County Public Schools
Butte, MT
$250,000

NEBRASKA

Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, NE
$134,476

NEW JERSEY

Bergen County Special Services School District
Paramus, NJ
$249,966

Teaneck Public Schools
Teaneck, NJ
$90,679

Burlington Township School District
Burlington, NJ
$98,470

NEW MEXICO

Deming Public Schools
Deming, NM
$99,440

NEW YORK

Ulster County Board of Cooperative Educational Services
New Paltz, NY
$243,051

Rochester City School District
Rochester, NY
$322,328

South Orangetown Central School District
Blauvelt, NY
$99,518

Chenango Forks Central School District
Binghamton, NY
$97,630

Livonia Central School District
Livonia, NY
$100,000

Cheektowaga Central School District
Cheektowaga, NY
$98,745

Guilderland Central School District
Guilderland, NY
$101,410

OHIO

Lockland School District
Cincinnati, OH
$99,469

Toledo Public Schools
Toledo, OH
$152,717

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa Independent School District No. 1
Tulsa, OK
$486,474

Stroud Public Schools
Stroud, OK
$96,118

Meeker Public Schools
Meeker, OK
$96,696

Frederick Public Schools
Frederick, OK
$99,076

Keota Public Schools
Keota, OK
$99,778

OREGON

Lincoln County School District
Newport, OR
$304,152

Oregon Trail School District 46
Sandy, OR
$53,281

PENNSYLVANIA

Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Lancaster, PA
$488,556

Gateway School District
Monroeville, PA
$100,000

Bethlehem Area School District
Bethlehem, PA
$250,000

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29
Schuylkill, PA
$167,112

Susquehanna Township School District
Harrisburg, PA
$445,225

SOUTH CAROLINA

Florence County School District
Lake City, SC
$227,854

Chester County School District
Chester, SC
$96,767

SOUTH DAKOTA

Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Falls, SD
$249,868

TENNESSEE

Cleveland City Schools
Cleveland, TN
$245,914

TEXAS

Belton Independent School District
Belton, TX
$184,532

Katy Independent School District
Katy, TX
$434,043

Friendswood Independent School District
Friendswood, TX
$100,000

Navasota Independent School District
Navasota, TX
$97,116

Region XV Education Service Center
San Angelo, TX
$371,101

UTAH

Uintah County School District
Vernal, UT
$248,343

Washington County School District
St. George, UT
$249,810

Tooele County School District
Tooele, UT
$249,822

Providence Hall
Herriman, UT
$113,224

Provo School District
Provo, UT
$99,387

VIRGINIA

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Fishersville, VA
$79,499

Shenandoah County Public Schools
Woodstock, VA
$68,984

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, VA
$556,537

WASHINGTON

Shoreline School District #412
Shoreline, WA
$176,529

WISCONSIN

Fond du Lac School District
Fond du Lac, WI
$247,930