It was announced during a regular meeting that the Bell County School Board would be applying for three grants. Grant writer Gina Johnson spoke to the board about each of the three applications.
The first one was the Elementary/Secondary School Counseling grant. Johnson explained there were more monies in the grant if the district targets kindergarten through fifth grade elementary counselors. The grant could pay half of the counselor fee for three of them. The district would have to pay the other half.
Johnson said the district could also hire a school social worker, since there is no PE and health from preschool until around third grade.
There is money set aside in the grant for Spark, which is an overall health and well-being program. The program is recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education, according to Johnson, and the grant will pay for it.
The grant would also pay for training for counselors and health and PE teachers. Johnson said they are looking to request $400,000 per year. The grant runs for three years.
The second grant the district is planning to apply for is the Brushy Fork Institute grant, which is an $8,000 grant. Johnson said she was sure which direction they were planning to go with this grant.
Some ideas for the grant were to work with technology people and develop a curriculum or work with storytellers coming in for the children.
The third grant was a Success for All grant — a $50,000 grant. The grant would expand Success for All into the upper grades starting with fourth and fifth grades.
Johnson also announced the district received all four of their “Read to Succeed” grants for a total of $194,000. The district also received a small PRIDE grant.
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