Grant Will Help South Ripley Hire Student Assistance Program Director

Posted On December 21, 2017

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.