Grant Will Help South Ripley Hire Student Assistance Program Director
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – South Ripley Community Schools students’ social and emotional needs will be supported with a newly awarded $100,000 grant.
The school district has announced it has been awarded a Title IV, Part A grant to help improve student achievement by increasing the capacity for providing all South Ripley Elementary School students with access to a well-rounded education.
The school district will introduce evidence-based practices such as Nashville STARS programming, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and Parent Cafes. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, South Ripley plans to hire a student assistance program director with a background in social work to implement the programs.
Brenda Konradi, the Executive Director of One Community One Family, assisted South Ripley Elementary Principal Amy Linkel and Superintendent Rob Moorhead in writing the grant.
“We are ecstatic that our proposal was chosen for funding,” said Moorhead. “Amy Linkel and Brenda Konradi were instrumental in writing this comprehensive proposal, and we are looking forward to the implementation of these evidence based programs to allow us to better meet the needs of all of our elementary school students and families.”
Moorhead said the SAP director will focus on South Ripley Elementary School, but will also be made available to the junior and senior high schools in times of crisis.