MONROE – Union County Public Schools received a $3,747,360 School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant will support 11 schools: Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle, Monroe High, Parkwood High, Parkwood Middle, Piedmont High, Piedmont Middle, Porter Ridge High, Porter Ridge Middle, South Providence School, Sun Valley High and Sun Valley Middle.
Over the next five years, the grant will develop, enhance and expand systems of support and technical assistance for the UCPS Multi-Tiered System of Support framework. Highlights include hiring six culture coaches, providing training and creating programming to promote academic achievement, pro-social skills and positive character development.
The grant will also cover prevention and treatment strategies for substance abuse, addiction and serious mental and behavioral health issues.
With the funding, staff expects to increase student engagement, reduce behavioral referrals and decrease the number of substance abuse, mental health concerns, suicide ideation and acts of violence at the 11 schools.