The Jessamine, Leslie and Montgomery county school districts will receive thousands of federal dollars to establish or expand counseling programs, the U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday.
The Jessamine district will receive $371,091; the Montgomery district will receive $399,750, and the Leslie district will get $213,767, according to a news release.
The grants are part of $15.2 million in new awards to 43 school districts in 19 states. The grants will support counseling programs in elementary or secondary schools.
Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by the grants.
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Districts also will use the money to help increase the number of counselors based on a school's student population.
Research shows that adequate counseling services can help improve social skills, reduce the number of disciplinary referrals in schools, and improve student attendance and academic performance, according to the education department.
The grants also may be used to support parental involvement, counselor and teacher training, and collaboration with community organizations.