Licking R-8 School District Awarded $400,000 Stronger Connections Grant

Licking, Missouri, March 28, 2024 - Licking R-8 School District is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the highly competitive Stronger Connections grant, totaling $400,000. This grant will enable the district to implement innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and fostering stronger connections within the school community.

The Stronger Connections grant, established through the BSCA (Bipartisan Safer Communities Act), provides funding under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and is designed to support school districts in providing students safe, healthy, and supportive learning opportunities and environments. Licking R-8 School District's successful application highlighted its commitment to these principles and outlined a comprehensive plan to leverage the grant funding for maximum impact. The window for allocation of the two-year grant funding runs from March 2024 to September 2026.

"We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Stronger Connections grant," said Superintendent Telena Haneline. "This grant will allow us to continue our focus on providing a safe learning environment, and development and implementation of educational opportunities through a multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral supports. We are deeply committed to addressing the barriers that hinder educational success for our students.”

The mission of Licking R-8 School District, enriched by our partnership with the community, is to provide a safe environment which challenges students to develop and achieve individual goals while cultivating citizens engaged in an ever-changing world. The Stronger Connections grant will provide needed fiscal support for the district’s mission. The district looks forward to collaborating with stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation and sustainability of the initiatives funded by the grant.

For more information about Licking R-8 School District, please visit the district’s website at www.licking.k12.mo.us

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