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$27 Million in Readiness and Emergency Management Grants Awarded to 32 States


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced today the award of more than $27 million in grants to 91 school districts in 32 states to help them enhance and fortify their readiness and emergency response management plans.

“Providing a safe learning environment for children is one of our most important duties as educators,” Spellings said. “These grants will support that effort by helping more school districts strengthen their crisis planning and better coordinate with the entire community to ensure the safety of our schools and students.”

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program provides funds for local education agencies (LEAs or school districts) to improve and strengthen their emergency management plans. The program also enables school districts to develop improved plans that address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. School districts also must commit to developing written plans that are coordinated with state Homeland Security plans, support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and are designed to prepare for a possible infectious disease outbreak, such as influenza pandemic.

Funds also can be used to train school personnel and students in emergency management; communicate emergency management policies and reunification procedures to parents and guardians; coordinate with local emergency responders, including fire and police; purchase equipment; and coordinate with groups and organizations responsible for recovery issues, such as health and mental health agencies.

As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, 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 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.

A complete list of the 91 grant awards follows:


Nome Public Schools
Nome, AK
John Wehde, project director


Santa Cruz Regional School District
Nogles, AZ
Alfredo Velasquez, project director

New Century Educational Management
Phoenix, AZ
Richard Hay, project director

Washington Elementary School District
Glendale, AZ
Pam Horton, project director

Deer Valley Unified School District
Phoenix, AZ
Debra Webb, project director

Gilbert Public Schools
Gilbert, AZ
Bruce Harvey, project director

Marana Unified School District
Marana, AZ
Jan Truitt, project director

Maricopa Unified School District #20
Maricopa, AZ
Heidi Fawcett, project director


Monticello School District #18
Monticello, AR
Katrina Cavaness, project director

Hoxie School District #46
Hoxie, AR
Suzanne Allen, project director


Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
Bob Spears, project director

San Lorenzo Unified School District
San Lorenzo, CA
Larry Maniscalco, project director

Lawndale Elementary School District
Lawndale, CA
John Vincke, project director

CALS Early College High School
Los Angeles, CA
Darryl Adams, project director

Irvine Unified School District
Irvine, CA
Yvonne Dina, project director

New Haven Unified School District
Union City, CA
Janice Chin, project director

Riverside County Superintendent of Schools
Riverside, CA
Mike D’Amico, project director

Hemet Unified School District
Hemet, CA
Judy Miller, project director

Carlsbad Unified School District
Carlsbad, CA
Keith Holley, project director

Sutter County Superintendent of Schools
Yuba City, CA
Graciela Espindola, project director

Aurora Public Schools
Aurora, CO
Trudy Wicks, project director

St. Vrain Valley School District RE-1J
Longmont, CO
Lynn Wolf, project director

Wiggins School District
Wiggins, CO
Jacques Weimer, project director

Falcon School District #49
Falcon, CO
Jay Hahn, project director


Panhandle Area Educational Consortium
Chipley, FL
Patrick McDaniel, project director

School Board Orange County
Orlando, FL
Joe Mastandrea, project director

Martin County School District
Stuart, FL
Linda King, project director


Lapwai School District #341
Lapwai, ID
Harold Ott, project director


Bloom Township High School District #206
Chicago Heights, IL
Mark Sheahan, project director

Winnebago County Unit School District #323
Winnebago, IL
Dennis Harezlak, project director

West Chicago Elementary School District #33
West Chicago, IL
Marjory Lewe-Brady, project director

Harlem School District
Machesney Park, IL
Scott Horsch, project director

Chicago Public Schools District #299
Chicago, IL
Andres Durbak, project director


Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools
Jasper, IN
Donna Hopkins, project director


Terrebonne Parish School District
Houma, LA
Suzanne Carlos, project director

St. Tammany Parish School Board
Covington, LA
Jim Suitt, project director

St. Bernard Parish Schools
Chalmette, LA
Beverly Lawrason, project director


North River Collaborative
Rockland, MA
Joanne Sullivan, project director

Reading Public Schools
Reading, MA
John Doherty, project director


West Bloomfield School District
West Bloomfield, MI
Neil Currie, project director

School District of the City of Pontiac
Pontiac, MI
George Phifer, project director

Kalamazoo RESA Instructional Center
Kalamazoo, MI
John Haas, project director

Berkley Public School District
Oak Park, MI
Nancy Campbell, project director

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor, MI
Henry Caudle, project director


Winona Public School District
Winona, MS
Marsha Cummings, project director

Jackson Public School District
Jackson, MS
Michael Thomas, project director


Webb City R-7 School District
Webb City, MO
Ron Lankford, project director


Twin Bridges Public Schools
Twin Bridges, MT
David Whitesell, project director


Douglas County School District #0001
Omaha, NE
Roddie Miller, project director


Clark County School District
Las Vegas, NV
William Miller, project director


Denville Township School District
Denville, NJ
Drucilla Clark, project director

Passaic County Technical Institute
Wayne, NJ
Albert Pecora, project director

Jersey City Public Schools
Jersey City, NJ
Francis Dooley, project director

Moorestown, NJ
Gregory McCarty, project director

South Orange & Maplewood Board of Education
Maplewood, NJ
William Kyle, project director


Oswego County BOCES
Mexico, NY
Michael Sterio, project director


Lee County Schools
Sanford, NC
Andrew Bryan, project director


Cincinnati Public Schools
Cincinnati, OH
Thomas Gunnell, project director

Lancaster City School District
Lancaster, OH
Jack Stiers, project director


Coweta Public Schools
Coweta, OK
Sean McDaniel, project director

Morrison School District
Morrison, OK
Janice Davis, project director

Wagoner Public School District
Wagoner, OK
Cora Fletcher, project director

Agra Public Schools
Agra, OK
Wes McFarland, project director


Hillsboro School District 1J
Hillsboro, OR
Liza Andrew-Miller, project director


Universal Companies
Philadelphia, PA
Janice Butler, project director

Montour School District
McKees Rocks, PA
Jerry Waldorf, project director

Elizabethtown Area School District
Elizabethtown, PA
Amy Slamp, project director


School District of Greenville County
Greenville, SC
Wade Sheahy, project director


Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
Clarksville, TN
Thomas Butler, project director


Pasadena Independent School District
Pasadena, TX
Candace Ahlfinger, project director

Region XV Education Service Center
San Angelo, TX
Louann Cate, project director

Joshua Independent School District
Joshua, TX
John Grigsby, project director

Midlothian Independent School District
Midlothian, TX
Al Hemmle, project director

Hidalgo Independent School District
Hidalgo, TX
Guillermo Rameriz, project director

Education Service Center, Region 20
San Antonio, TX
Mayra De Hoyos, project director

Education Service Center Region XIII
Austin, TX
Becky Washington, project director

El Paso Independent School District
El Paso, TX
Victor Araiza, project director

Kirbyville Consolidated Independent School District
Kirbyville, TX
Jimmy Gaspard, project director

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
Rosenberg, TX
Colleen Martin, project director


Ogden City School District
Ogden, UT
Chad Carpenter, project director


Carroll County Public Schools
Hillsville, VA
Dennis Hall, project director

Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
William Sadler, project director

Patrick County Public Schools
Stuart, VA
Judy Thorpe Lacks, project director

Page County Public Schools
Luray, VA
Thomas Randall, project director

Newport News Public Schools
Newport News, VA
Donald Green, project director


Barbour County Board of Education
Philippi, WV
Glenn Sweet, project director


Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee, WI
Peter Pochowski, project director

West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
West Allis, WI
Kaleen Morkin, project director

Kenosha Unified School District #1
Kenosha, WI
Joseph, Kucak, project director


Teton County School District #1
Jackson, WY
Peir Trudelle, project director

St. Stephens Indian School Education Association Incorporated
St. Stephens, WY
Ed Trujillo, project director


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