U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

40 School Districts in 20 States to Receive Grants for School Counselors and Services

September 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $14.7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and 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-based counseling programs are a wonderful resource for students whose families may not be able to take advantage of outside services or programs," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These grants will allow school districts to hire more professionals and provide additional services to those students who are struggling with mental-health and emotional issues, and their families."

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 41 new grant awards. For more information on the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grants program, including project abstracts, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html.

FY 2014 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program Grantees

Location Funded Applicants by State Year-One Award Amount
Unalakleet Bering Strait School District * $180,928
Nenana Nenana City School District $289,329
Mesa Kaizen Education Foundation, D.B.A. Vista Grove Prep. Academy $380,313
Cerritos ABC Unified School District * $390,613
Anaheim Anaheim City School District $397,740
Baldwin Park Baldwin Park Unified School District $383,621
Chico Chico Unified School District $394,405
Pico Rivera El Rancho Unified School District * $398,126
Fallbrook Fallbrook Union Elementary School District $389,437
Murrieta Murrieta Valley Unified School District $326,019
San Bernardino New Visions Middle School $381,496
Red Bluff Tehama County Department of Education $356,511
Pueblo Pueblo School District #60 * $363,112
Litchfield Education Connection $396,673
Lapwai Lapwai School District #341 $270,968
Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Community Schools $396,436
Labette Labette County Unified School District #506 $361,057
Alexandria Campbell County Board of Education $386,502
Alexandria Campbell County Board of Education * $335,759
Erlanger Erlanger-Elsmere Schools * $397,480
Versailles Woodford County Public Schools $343,941
Rockland North River Collaborative $366,605
North Carolina
Asheville Buncombe County Schools $397,290
Cary Wake County Public School System $329,973
Omaha Westside Community Schools * $397,016
New Hampshire
Nashua Nashua School District * $395,469
New York
Cheektowaga Cheektowaga Central School District $325,585
New York John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School * $394,690
Aurora Southern Cayuga Central School District $398,080
Liberty Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services * $398,279
Uniondale Uniondale Union Free School District $394,082
Beggs Beggs Public School District $362,342
Ramona Caney Valley, Oklahoma Independent School District * $311,056
Hydro Hydro-Eakly Public Schools * $213,340
Stilwell Maryetta Public School $370,506
Portland David Douglas School District #40 * $326,291
Scranton Scranton School District $396,000
Crockett Crockett Independent School District $380,350
Fort Worth Fort Worth Independent School District $392,066
South Carolina
Clinton Laurens County School District #56 $306,409
Oshkosh Oshkosh Area School District $394,169

* Indicates grantees serving secondary school students only or a combination of elementary and secondary school students. All other grantees are serving elementary school students only.