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Three Year, Million Dollar Counseling Grant Award to WCPS

Three Year, Million Dollar Counseling Grant Award to WCPS

Hagerstown, MD (April 20, 2009): The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a three-year elementary and secondary highly-competitive, counseling grant of just over $1 million to Washington County Public Schools (WCPS). WCPS will use the grant to expand existing counseling services in eight Title I elementary schools: Bester, Eastern, Fountaindale, Hickory, Lincolnshire, Pangborn, Salem Avenue and Winter Street. Schools are classified Title I if the poverty rate is at least fifty percent. Qualified school counselors and social workers will be hired through the funding.
WCPS is receiving just over $344,000 this year, more than $337,000 in the second year of the program, and more than $332,000 in the third year.
Steve Burnett, supervisor of school counseling, says the grant award answers an important need. "This will provide a significant boost to our efforts in expanding counseling services to students, with an eye toward involving the parents in designing and implementing these services."
Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Morgan said, "WCPS is extremely pleased to receive this grant. This application process was highly competitive across the nation, and we are fortunate to be the only county in the state to receive this award. Many students and families will benefit from this award."
Contact: Steve Burnett at 301-766-2966

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