For Immediate Release
January 13, 2020
Mario V. Hogue, Public Relations Coordinator
Crane School District Awarded $399,600 to Fund School Counselor Positions for Children
Yuma, Arizona. On Friday, December 13, 2019 the Arizona State Board of Education approved Crane Elementary School District #13 as one of Arizona’s school district recipients for the FY 2020 School Safety Program Expansion grant which totaled nearly 383 positions across Arizona. Three of Crane Elementary School District schools were awarded the highly competitive, and rigorous grant cycle – Gary A. Knox Elementary, Pueblo Elementary and Salida del Sol Elementary which totaled over $399,600 to fund three School Counselor FTEs for each school over the next three school years.
The Arizona Department of Education's School Safety Team reviewed more than 900 applications submitted by school districts and charter school organizations from across the state. Based on the amount of available funding for this grant, the school safety team recommended 382-school positions to the State Board of Education (SBE): 148-School Counselors, 118-School Social Workers and 117-School Resource Officers.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman released the following statement on the abundance of School Safety Program grant applicants: “One of the greatest wins of the 2019 legislative session was the expansion of Arizona’s School Safety Program, which allocated $20 million of new funding for school counselors, social workers, and school resource officers. After closing the grant application, our department has spent this past week conducting an initial review of the 900 applications submitted by 284 school districts and charter school organizations from across the state. Position requests totaled over 1,100, with requests for school counselors comprising roughly 40 percent of the total requests, 34 percent were for a school-based social worker and about 26 percent were for a school resource officer. Many applicants requested a combination of positions, including some part-time positions.”
“The School Safety Program Expansion grant will allow Crane School District schools to maintain a visible presence, continuum of care and added support to the whole child beyond the academic scope with on-site, dedicated school counselors for our three elementary schools”, says Superintendent Mrs. Laurie Doering. Principal, Mrs. Laura Hurt of Gary A. Knox, says “we are extremely excited. School counselors are vitally important to the education team. We know that when one’s social/emotional development is sound; student success goes up so it’s a win-win for our students in all areas.”