For immediate release
October 8, 2018
Community Coordinator, Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative
North Dakota 1 of 15 in the Nation Selected to Implement Full-Service Community Schools
Minot, N.D. — The North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools Consortium, comprised of representatives from PATH, Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative, Missouri River Education Cooperative, and South East Education Cooperative, was awarded nearly $2.5 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education to support children and families across North Dakota. Over 120 organizations and coalitions applied for this funding from across the U.S., yet only 15 of those applications were funded.
“In North Dakota, especially in our small and rural communities, schools are needed to serve as hubs for services for children and families in need,” remarked Luke Schaefer, Executive Director of Mid-Dakota and Missouri River Education Cooperative.
“Through the funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, education and service partners from across the state will now have access to resources to plan a sustainable approach for schools to expand services provided for children and families through a full-service community schools model.”
The goal of the North Dakota Full-Service Community Schools Consortium is to enhance system readiness for future North Dakota schools to become full-service community schools. With the funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the consortium will support schools to provide comprehensive academic, social-emotional, physical, and behavioral health services for students, families, and communities.”
“The availability of prevention and early intervention programs for children and families is essential to effectively address some of our communities’ toughest behavioral health challenges like opioid addiction and suicide,” commented Heather Simonich, Operations Director of PATH. “Through this consortium, we have the opportunity to partner with schools to creatively develop and implement relevant behavioral health interventions that enhance the resilience of North Dakota children and their families.”
The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program is re-authorized under Title IV through Community Support for School Success, sections 4621-4623 and 4625 (a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA). This program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.