U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Lyndonville Central School District will receive a grant of $163,508 from the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Demonstration Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Funding will be used to establish and expand education and counseling programs in Orleans County.
"Investing in our education system is wise in the short and long term," Schumer said. "It is important that we continue to provide our students with the resources and counseling they need to succeed in the future. Simply put, we will not remain the greatest nation on earth without the greatest education system on earth."
The Lyndonville Central School District will be receiving the $163,508 grant to enable local educational agencies to establish or expand elementary and secondary school counseling programs.
Grantees under this competition will use funds to support counseling programs in target elementary and secondary schools. Schools will establish or expand counseling programs through hiring qualified school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, or child and adolescent psychiatrists with a goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services available. Counseling services will us a developmental, prevention approach, and will be designed and implemented with the involvement of parents of the participating students.
To address Government Performance and Results Act measures for the program, grantees will use funds to help them close the gap between their student/mental health professional ratios and the student/mental health professional ratios recommended by the statute, and reduce the number of disciplinary referrals in schools participating in the program. Grantees have identified other projectspecific goals that include improved student attendance and academic performance, social skills development, parental involvement, counselor and teacher professional development, and collaboration with communitybased organizations that provide mental health and other services to students.