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$28 Million Awarded to Strengthen School Emergency Preparation

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More than 100 school districts have been awarded $28.6 million in grants to strengthen their emergency preparation and response plans, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today.

"We know that being prepared to deal with crises is essential to sound management of our schools. These grants will help school districts strengthen their crisis plans and collaborate with other first responders—fire, police, health, mental health and community groups—to develop a strategy to effectively deal with wide range of crises, natural as well as man-made.

The Emergency Response and Crisis Management program supports local school districts' efforts to improve and strengthen school emergency response and crisis management plans, including training school personnel and students in emergency response procedures.

A complete list of the 109 grant awards follows at the end of this release.

As part of the bipartisan No Child Left Behind education reforms, local school districts must provide assurances that they have plans that outline how they are working to keep their schools safe and drug free.

The No Child Left Behind Act is the bipartisan landmark education reform law designed to change the culture of America's schools by closing the achievement gap among groups of students, offering more flexibility to states, giving parents more options and teaching students based on what works. Under the law's strong accountability provisions, states must describe how they will close the achievement gap and make sure all students, including those with disabilities, achieve academically.

The grants are housed within the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office also coordinates the Department's efforts in these areas with other federal agencies.

More information about the No Child Left Behind Act is available at www.ed.gov.

Emergency Response and Crisis Management Discretionary Grant Program

Alaska
Aleutians East Borough School District: $99,994
Sand Point, Alaska

Arizona
Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Inc.: $98,100
Phoenix

California
Centralia School District: $100,000
Buena Park, Calif.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education: $196,719
Capitola, Calif.

San Juan Unified School District: $929,659
Carmichael, Calif.

Chino Valley Unified School District: $246,985
Chino, Calif.

Mt. Diablo Unified School District: $247,979
Concord, Calif.

Orange County Superintendent of Schools: $499,934
Costa Mesa, Calif.

Fresno Unified School District: $496,846
Fresno, Calif.

Lake County Office of Education: $200,000
Lakeport, Calif.

Lamont School District: $100,000
Lamont, Calif.

Long Beach Unified School District: $493,112
Long Beach, Calif.

Yuba County Office of Education: $228,987
Marysville, Calif.

Ontario Montclair School District: $198,080
Ontario, Calif.

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District: $114,282
Orosi, Calif.

Poway Unified School District: $248,425
Poway, Calif.

Rialto Unified School District: $241,906
Rialto, Calif.

San Jose Unified School District: $472,658
San Jose, Calif.

Capistrano USCL $249,374
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Alisal Union School District: $100,000
Salinas, Calif.

San Leandro Unified School District: $250,000
San Leandro, Calif.

San Mateo—Foster City School District: $176,413
San Mateo, Calif.

Sonoma County Office of Education: $486,214
Santa Rosa, Calif.

South San Francisco Unified School District: $124,720
South San Francisco, Calif.

Temecula Valley Unified School District: $247,519
Temecula, Calif.

Temple City Unified School District: $97,548
Temple City, Calif.

Connecticut
Danbury Board of Education: $287,715
Danbury, Conn.

New Haven City School District: $455,777
New Haven, Conn.

Stamford Public Schools: $197,060
Stamford, Conn.

Washington, D.C.
IDEA Public Charter School: $99,065

Florida
School Board of Manatee County: $248,935
Bradenton, Fla.

School Board of Pinellas County: $446,337
Largo, Fla.

School Board of Miami-Dade County: $902,523
Miami

Taylor County School District: $98,303
Perry, Fla.

Seminole County Public Schools: $249,758
Sanford, Fla.

School Board of Sarasota County: $248,239
Sarasota, Fla.

West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County School District: $499,854

Georgia
DeKalb County School District: $496,184
Decatur, Ga.

Walton County Board of Education: $147,611
Monroe, Ga.

Iowa
Keystone Area Education Agency: $498,431
Dubuque, Iowa

Grinnell-Newburg CDS: $100,000
Grinnell

Waterloo, Iowa
Waterloo Community School District: $177,039

Idaho
Shoshone Bannock School District: $82,492
Fort Hall, Idaho

Idaho Falls School District #91: $100,455
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Illinois
Champaign Community Unit School District: $180,069
Champaign, Ill.

Mount Prospect School District 57: $224,822
Mount Prospect, Ill.

Indiana
Crawfordsville Community Schools: $98,500
Crawfordsville, Ind.

Fort Wayne Community Schools: $333,470
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Northwest Indiana ESC: $477,700
Highland, Ind.

Kansas
Smoky Hill ESC: $438,310
Salina, Kan.

Wichita Public Schools: $231,592
Wichita, Kan.

Massachusetts
Boston Public Schools: $632,284
Boston

Gloucester Public Schools: $97,500
Gloucester, Mass.

Hampden-Wilbraham Regional ISD: $108,935
Wilbraham, Mass.

Maryland
Board of Ed of Allegany County: $246,345
Cumberland, Md.

Maine
Windham School Department: $486,439
Windham, Maine

Michigan
Macomb Intermediate School District: $434,500
Clinton Township, Mich.

School District of Lincoln Park: $236,000
Lincoln Park, Mich.

Traverse City, Mich.
Traverse City Area Public Schools: $250,000

Waterford, Mich.
Waterford School District: $201,036

Missouri
Kansas City, Mo.
Park Hill School District: $185,456

Mississippi
Picayune, Miss.
Picayune School District: $490,607

Montana
Hamilton School District #3: $223,285
Hamilton, Mont.

Missoula County Public Schools: $175,600
Missoula, Mont.

Terry School District 5: $93,225
Terry, Mont.

North Carolina
Alamance-Burlington School System: $253,175
Burlington, N.C.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: $494,684
Charlotte, N.C.

Durham Public Schools: $250,000
Durham, N.C.

Craven County Schools: $237,320
New Bern, N.C.

Jones County Schools: $109,207
Trenton, N.C.

Beaufort County Schools: $93,126
Washington, N.C.

New Hanover County Schools: $249,902
Wilmington, N.C.

New Hampshire
Rochester School Department: $90,961
Rochester, N.H.

New Jersey
Elizabeth, N.J.
Elizabeth Board of Education: $250,000

New York
Questar III: $247,091
Castleton, N.Y.

Sachem Central School District: $123,761
Holbrook, N.Y.

Southern Westchester BOCES: $109,284
Rybrook, N.Y.

Sullivan County BOCES: $242,755
Liberty, N.Y.

Starpoint Central School District: $100,000
Lockport, N.Y.

Orleans/Niagara BOCES: $457,530
Medina, N.Y.

Tonawanda City School District: $76,433
Tonawanda, N.Y.

Ohio
Akron City School District: $497,850
Akron, Ohio

Cleveland Municipal School District: $500,000
Cleveland, Ohio

Elyria City Schools: $242,874
Elyria, Ohio

Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School: $100,000
Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Oklahoma
Durant Public School District: $99,448
Durant, Okla.

Oregon
Lincoln County School District: $155,426
Newport, Ore.

Umatilla-Morrow ESD: $241,780
Pendleton, Ore.

Centennial SD 28JT: $232,441
Portland, Ore.

Pennsylvania
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit: $403,640
Lewisburg, Pa.

Harmony Area School District: $97,410
Westover, Pa.

Steel Valley School District: $100,000
Munhall, Pa.

Mid Valley School District: $142,350
Throop, Pa.

South Carolina
School District Five of Lexington/Richland: $189,025
Ballentine, S.C.

Richland County School District One: $248,832
Columbia, S.C.

Union County Schools: $114,514
Union, S.C.

Tennessee
Unicoi County Schools: $105,192
Erwin, Tenn.

Texas
Alvin ISD: $190,113
Alvin, Texas

Brazosport ISD: $262,568
Freeport, Texas

Kerrville ISD: $104,493
Kerrville, Texas

Marble Falls ISD: $92,665
Marble Falls, Texas

Weatherford, Texas
Weatherford ISD: $498,591

Utah
Davis School District: $358,416
Farmington, Utah

Virginia
Portsmouth Public Schools: $199,704
Portsmouth, Va.

Virginia Beach Public Schools: $466,967
Virginia Beach, Va.


Washington
Puget Sound ESD: $852,243
Burien, Wash.

Seattle Public Schools: $494,144
Seattle

— Press Release
U. S. Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2004/10/10062004a.html


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