U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $90,000 to Brunswick City School District to Restore Safe School Environment Following Several Tragedies

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The U.S. Department of Education today awarded $90,250 to Brunswick City School District in Brunswick, Ohio, to help with ongoing recovery efforts following several tragic incidents, beginning in December 2011 and continuing through January of this year. The immediate services grant, which is being made through the Department’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program and administered by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will provide support to students and faculty at Brunswick High School, and the community impacted by these tragedies.

“While we can’t take away the pain that these tragic incidents have caused the community, we can provide support to the students, faculty and community who were impacted and continue to feel the loss,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants will help provide the necessary services needed to restore the learning environment.”

The Brunswick City School District is located 20 miles south of Cleveland. Over the last three years, seven students at Brunswick High School lost their lives through tragic incidents. Another student lost her battle with cancer. Since that time, administrators and guidance counselors have seen an increase in attempted suicides, students who are inflicting self-harm and using drugs and alcohol, and an increase in requests for mental health services.

The Brunswick City School District’s $90,250 grant will help provide expanded counseling services at the high school and cover the salary cost for a temporary, full-time social worker, who would provide mental health services to students, staff, parents and other affected community members.

The Department’s Project SERV grants provide funding for school districts, colleges and universities that have experienced a significant traumatic event and need resources to respond, recover and re-establish safe environments for students. The Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded more than $38 million through 118 grants, including the Brunswick City School District, since the program began in 2001.

For more information about the Project SERV program, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/dvppserv/index.html.