Union County Public Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $3,747,360 School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant will support 11 schools serving approximately 12,000 students. The schools are the Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle, Parkwood Middle, Piedmont Middle, Porter Ridge Middle, Sun Valley Middle, Monroe High, Parkwood High, Piedmont High, Porter Ridge High, Sun Valley High and South Providence School.
Over the next five years, the Learner Engagement and Interventions Driving Student Success (LEGEND) Grant will develop, enhance and expand systems of support and technical assistance for the UCPS Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework.
“I want to thank the U.S. Department of Education for this grant and for supporting the work we are doing around social and emotional learning and school climate transformation,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan. “The funding will help us to move forward with specific strategies that will help students and staff in 11 schools.”
Highlights from the grant include hiring six culture coaches to focus on Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) implementation, providing professional development, creating programming to promote academic achievement, pro-social skills and positive character development. The grant will also cover implementing prevention and treatment strategies for substance abuse, addiction and serious mental and behavioral health issues.
With the funding, staff expects to increase student engagement, reduce behavioral referrals and decrease the number of substance abuse, mental health concerns, suicide ideation and acts of violence at the 11 schools.
Grant partners include Atrium Health, Monroe Police Department, Turning Point, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Union County Board of Education, Union County Department of Human Services, UCPS Safety Committee and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.