Archive for Thursday, July 10, 2008

Timing makes grant’s success more meaningful

July 10, 2008

The announcement last week that Eudora USD 491 was awarded a $745,000 safe schools/healthy students initiative federal grant that is renewable for up to four years had special significance as it came one day after Don Grosdidier took over the reins of the district as superintendent with the departure of Marty Kobza.

Grosdidier led a February meeting that introduced the grant proposal to the community and the coordination with key members in the community that was so critical to securing the grant. That Eudora is the only district in Kansas to be awarded the grant and one of only 57 districts nationwide is remarkable because it is not a community that could be deemed unsafe or unhealthy. The district's success speaks to the foresight the district's administration had in applying for the grant and the job it did in leading the community effort to produce a proposal and write a grant application that so well match the grant's goals.

It's overwhelming to contemplate what

$3 million can do in a community Eudora's size, and there will be few families who won't see a benefit. It will mean more mental health professionals in the community, added resources to guide parents through subjects such as Internet safety and critical early childhood development, additional youth programs in cooperation with the city, expanded youth programs in cooperation with the city, increased access to mental health assessment, service and supports, earlier intervention with at-risk youngsters and their families and a host of other programs.

The reach of the programs would seem to assure the well-being of any Euodra youngster will not be overlooked because of lack of resources. Additionally, the district's success in attaining the grant indicates the leadership is in place to maintain the tradition of excellence the district has established in the past seven years.

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