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2009 Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Grants

More than $32.8 million in grants have been awarded to 18 states and the District of Columbia as part of a joint effort by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to support schools in creating safer and healthier learning environments.

The highly competitive Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative attracted 422 grant applications nationally. Under the initiative, school districts, in partnership with local public mental-health agencies, law-enforcement and juvenile justice entities, must implement a comprehensive, community-wide plan that focuses on the following elements:

  • Safe school environments and violence prevention activities
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention activities
  • Student behavioral, social and emotional supports
  • Mental-health services
  • Early childhood social and emotional learning programs.

“Every child in America deserves a safe and healthy school environment, and it’s our job as educators, parents and community members to ensure that happens,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants will provide students with access to services and programs that promote healthy development, personally and academically.”

“The prevention of youth violence and substance abuse is a principal objective of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative and is crucial to our efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency,” said Laurie Robinson, acting assistant attorney general, Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. “The initiative is well equipped to advance the prevention of delinquency, and the grants announced today represent a significant step forward towards that end.”

“In community after community, this initiative has been the catalyst for bringing schools and youth-serving organizations together to build and expand evidence-based programs to prevent violence, promote mental health and boost young people’s academic achievement.”said Eric Broderick, acting administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which manages the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.“The dividends for children, families and communities at large have been unprecedented: lower rates of school violence, more mental-health services for more children, better attendance and improved academic performance.”

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative draws on the best practices of education, juvenile justice, law enforcement and mental-health systems to provide integrated resources for prevention and early intervention services for children and youth.

Since 1999, the Education, Justice and Health and Human Services departments have administered the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, which has provided more than $2.1 billion to local educational, mental health, law enforcement and juvenile justice partnerships.

A complete list of grantees and their abstracts can be found at www.ed.gov/programs/dvpsafeschools/awards.html or see below. For more information on the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, visit www.ed.gov/programs/dvpsafeschools/index.html or www.sshs.samhsa.gov.

2009 Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees are listed below:

CALIFORNIA
Corning Corning Union High School District
Contact: Bruce Cole
Superintendent
$727,471
Pico Rivera El Rancho Unified School District
Contact: Norbert Genis
Superintendent
$1,457,841
Escondido Escondido Union School District
Contact: Jennifer Walters
Superintendent
$1,444,942
Nevada City Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Contact: Holly A. Hermansen
Superintendent
$1,406,136
Willits Willits Unified School District
Contact:
Superintendent
$714,319
Woodland Yolo County Office of Education
Contact: Jorge Ayala
Superintendent
$2,208,378
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington Washington Latin Public Charter School
Contact: Martha Cutts
Head of School
$721,102
FLORIDA
Madison Madison County School District
Contact: Lou S. Miller
Superintendent
$729,347
GEORGIA
Conyers Rockdale County Public Schools
Contact: Samuel T. King
Superintendent
$1,145,240
INDIANA
Leopold Perry Central Community School Corporation
Contact: Mary F. Roberson
Superintendent
$729,132
ILLINOIS
Alton Alton Community Unit School District #11
Contact: David C. Elson
Superintendent
$879,211
Mt. Carmel Wabash Community Unit School District #348
Contact: Tim Buss
Superintendent
$705,734
IOWA
Marshalltown Marshalltown Community School District
Contact: Marvin Wade
Superintendent
$1,390,660
KENTUCKY
Ashland Ashland Independent School District
Contact: Stephen E. Gilmore
Superintendent
$729,972
LOUISIANA
New Orleans Recovery School District - LDE
Contact: Mr. Paul Vallas
Superintendent
$1,434,068
MASSACHUSETTS
Wilbraham Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District
Contact: Paul C. Gagliarducci
Superintendent
$731,899
MISSISSIPPI
Vicksburg Vicksburg Warren School District
Contact: Dr. James Price
Superintendent
$1,463,456
MONTANA
Helena Helena School District One
Contact: Dr. Bruce Messinger
Superintendent
$1,364,186
NEW JERSEY
Trenton Trenton Public Schools
Contact: Rodney Lofton
Superintendent
$1,454,223
NEW YORK
Binghamton Broome-Delaware-Tioga Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES)
Contact: Allen D. Buyck
Superintendent
$1,402,892
New Hartford Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES)
Contact:
$1,462,996
Sodus Sodus Central School District
Contact: Susan Salvaggio
Superintendent
$731,992
Union Springs Union Springs Central School District
Contact: Linda Rice
Superintendent
$1,435,968
NORTH CAROLINA
Morganton Burke County Public Schools
Contact: David C. Burleson
Superintendent
$1,364,627
OHIO
Bowling Green Wood County Educational Services Center
Contact: Douglas M. Garman
Superintendent
$1,142,419
SOUTH CAROLINA
Camden Kershaw County School District
Contact: Frank E. Morgan
Superintendent
$1,431,287
Saluda Saluda County School District
Contact: Dr. David M. Mathis
Superintendent
$711,500
TEXAS
Mission Mission Consolidated Independent School District
Contact:
Superintendent
$1,457,901
VIRGINIA
Charlottesville Albemarle County Public Schools
Contact: Pamela Moran
Superintendent
$1,456,378





  
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