WCSD receives grant supporting Sparks Middle School recovery efforts

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Updated: 8/27/2014 2:35 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County School District has received a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the recovery efforts being made at Sparks Middle School.

“Our staff has done heroic work at Sparks Middle School during this difficult process,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “This funding will help us continue to provide the support and help our students and staff need, and we are thankful.”

Nearly $700,000 from the SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence) Extended Services grant will be used to fund personnel to support students and staff at the school.

“We are grateful for this funding as we continue the recovery process at Sparks Middle School,” said Principal Stacey Ting. “Our students and staff members have worked hard to move forward, and this additional funding will help pay for the support we need. I am proud of how far we have come, but there is still much work to be done.”

The SERV grant, which totals $694,531 over 18 months, will enable the District to fund one full-time Campus Police Officer, one full-time School Intervention Counselor, and one full-time School Intervention Psychologist. WCSD says these funds will also be used to pay for community-based trauma therapists to work with students and their families, provide a long-term substitute so teachers can access mental health care, and recover costs for building repair and overtime.

“I am impressed by the outstanding work and progress of our teachers, staff, and students at Sparks Middle School,” said Area 5 Superintendent Chad Hicks. “This was a tragedy, and we are working together to keep teaching, learning, and addressing the challenges that remain.”

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