U.S. Department of Education Awards $15.2 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $15.2 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

September 27, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $15.2 million to 43 schools districts in 19 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in target elementary or secondary schools. Specifically, the new awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.

"School counselors benefit both students and teachers by helping to create a safe school environment, improve teacher effectiveness, increase academic achievement and promote student well-being," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "We believe that school-based counseling programs offer great promise for improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of students with mental-health issues."

Grantees also will use funds to help increase the number of available and qualified counselors based on a school's student population. Research shows that having adequate counseling services can help reduce the number of disciplinary referrals in schools, improve student attendance and academic performance and enhance development of social skills. Funds also may be used to support parental involvement, counselor and teacher professional development, and collaboration with community-based organizations that provide mental health and other services to students.

Below is a list of the 43 new awards for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. For more information about the program, log onto http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html.

FY 2011 New Grant Awards

Fairbanks Yukon Koyukuk School District $322,529
Marana Marana Unified School District $399,56
Ft. Thomas Fort Thomas Unified School District $286,684
Stockton Stockton Unified School District $399,301
Thermal Coachella Valley Unified School District $399,640
Fresno Fresno Unified School District $398,958
Hemet Hemet Unified School District $396,405
Costa Mesa Orange County Department of Education $394,717
Costa Mesa Newport-Mesa Unified School District $400,000
San JacintoSan Jacinto Unified School District $384,000
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Elementary School District $399,983
Soquel Santa Cruz City School District $260,462
Woodland Woodland Joint Unified School District $398,964
Pasadena Learning Works Charter School $270,577
Melbourne School Board of Brevard Count $355,380
Palatka Putnam County School District $395,863
Barnesville Lamar County Schools $184,357
Mount Sterling Montgomery County Schools $399,750
Hyden Leslie County Board of Education $213,767
Nicholasville Jessamine County Board of Education $371,091
Taunton Taunton Public Schools$363,430
Lansing Lansing School District $367,36
St. Louis Park Henn County St. Louis Park $400,000
Starkville Starkville School District $399,940
Missoula Missoula County Schools $393,033
  New Jersey  
Passaic Passaic Public Schools $388,287
  New Mexico  
Fort Sumner Fort Sumner Municipal Schools $250,996
Penasco Penasco Independent Schools $352,62
Las Vegas Northeast Regional Education Cooperative $322,784
Albuquerque Albuquerque Public Schools $163,60
Canton Canton Public Schools $248,301
Oklahoma Putnam City School District $390,803
  South Carolina  
Union Union County Schools $368,765
Charleston Charleston County School District $394,900
Savannah Hardin County Schools $399,940
San Benito San Benito Consolidated ISD $389,589
Donna Donna ISD $398,500
Austin Eanes Independent School District $387,212
South Jordan Early Light Academy $336,614
North Logan Cache County School District $330,701
Wauwatosa Wauwatosa School District $333,188
Beaver Dam Beaver Dam Unified School District $396,398
Janesville School District of Janesville $400,000