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Cleveland Hill gets $1 million federal grant

The Cleveland Hill School District is set to give behavioral intervention the same attention it gives to improving academic performance, thanks to a $1 million grant from the federal government.

Assistant Superintendent for Special Education David Evans shared details of the grant with the district’s Board of Education during a meeting Wednesday night. He said the grant would help the district respond to the emotional needs of students, similar to how Cleveland Hill handles academic intervention.

“If you’re addressing behaviors at the earliest levels, these students will be in seats more often and learn more often,” Evans said of the new program, which is designed for students in all grade levels.

The district assembled several administrators and staff members to apply for the grant, which awards just over $1 million over a five-year period. However, Cleveland Hill is expected to reapply for the grant each year and the allocation is expected to be different for each year.

While implementing the behavioral framework for the program, the district is also expected to hire new personnel as part of the grant proposal – such as a teacher to offer instruction to suspended students, a social worker to provide home-based support, a part-time secretary for the district’s Family Resource Center or a grant evaluator. The program will also include some professional development conferences for employees.

When he announced the award on the district’s website, Superintendent Jon MacSwan thanked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., for his help in obtaining the grant.

“This funding will allow us to expand desperately needed services to students and families most in need of emotional support in our school community,” MacSwan wrote.