Monday, July 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Placerville School District awarded grant for health and safety

By
From page A3 | December 20, 2013 |

When Louisianna Schnell Elementary School principal, Sam LaCara, was shot and killed on campus by school custodian John Luebbers in 2011, the entire community was shocked and saddened. The community rallied around the school staff, students and parents to support them, but not everything and everyone can recover from such an event  in just two years.

“You don’t always know what will trigger things for people,” said Placerville Union School District Superintendent Erik Bonniksen, “and there has to be help for individuals if they need it.”

On Dec. 17, the U.S. Department of Education announced it had awarded a grant for $220,000 from Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) to Placerville Union School District. The district received a previous $45,000 grant from Project SERV a few months after the February shooting in 2011.

“It was for the immediate need to provide counseling for students and staff,” said Bonniksen, “but there have been long-term effects for some of the students and staff and this grant will allow us to continue counseling services and to partner with the Placerville Police Department to provide more security.”

Project SERV was established in 2001 to provide money to school districts, colleges and universities to help them recover after a traumatic or violent event on campus.

In the almost three years since the shooting, the district has increased security on all three school campuses, Schnell, Sierra Elementary and Edwin Markham Middle School, with security cameras, panic buttons in all the offices and heightened awareness of what to do in an emergency situation. The new grant will allow the district to pay for a police officer to be on the three campuses 20 hours a week as well as continuing counseling services from New Morning for students and staff.

District Educational Services Director Donna Bassett, worked with the Department of Education on the extended services grant application for almost a year, said Bonniksen. The grant will last for 18 months and Bassett is still closely involved.

“She is now in the process of  working with New Morning and the Placerville Police Department to get the counselors and police officer in place as soon as possible,” said Bonniksen. “Things are going well at Schnell. Kids are happy and learning and it is positive, but we are really excited about the grant because the extra support is always welcome.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

 

Comments

comments

.

News

Highway 50 collision fatal

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By News Release | From Page: B1

EDH community unites to patch up historic barn

By Mike Roberts | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Stay connected through sheriff

By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: B1

Bird tests positive for West Nile

By Ross Branch | From Page: A1

 
P’ville hires Camino superintendent

By News Release | From Page: B1

 
Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

County gets partial refund on promotional event

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

 
Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Help SWR with squirrel babies

By Sierra Wildlife Rescue | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

The rural life: Save the day: Neuter and spay

By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer | From Page: A4

 
Different place, different priorities

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

California rambling: Giving cities a pass

By John Poimiroo | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
.

Letters

Ready for Hillary?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Fukushima

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
100+ years and thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

A thank you note

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Prada belongs in Berkeley

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Season over for Post 119

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Valley View Sports Park

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Schedule: July 21-26

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

 
Sophia Barden wins strut title

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

How to safely help a horse

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B4

 
As we were: Money for home repairs

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Volunteer kitchen help needed in EDH

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: B10

 
Marshall Medical Center to host day of fitness and fun

By Marshall Medical | From Page: B10

 
Kids parade for free admission to the fair

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Crime Log: July 6-8

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Betty Ellene Hock

By Contributor | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
Douglas J. Beam

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jerry Grant Young Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Kathryn Noreen Nolan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Monday, July 21, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sukodu

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8