East Buchanan Receives $54,974 in Grant Money

Posted: September 19, 2022


Iowa Departments of Education, Health and Human Services award nearly $600,000 in K-12 school mental health training grants


Monday, September 12, 2022

The Iowa Departments of Education and Health and Human Services today awarded 10 competitive grants, up to $100,000 each, to public school districts for training and coaching school health care workers on COVID response-and-recovery initiatives focused on social-emotional-behavioral health.

The COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplement Funding grants will help school districts enhance mental health literacy, implement evidence-based practices and expand capacity for addressing the social-emotional-behavioral health needs of students resulting from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants can be used to cover costs associated with planning, training and coaching, including travel expenses for up to 12 professional development opportunities.

“The COVID-19 crisis shined a bright light on an already growing children’s mental health crisis nationwide. These grants will help support the complex needs that Iowa’s families are facing. Expanding opportunities to skill build in coping and resiliency, learning a common language to talk about mental health, I see these as foundational for the health of our kids,” shared Kelly Garcia, director of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.

“The emotional health and academic growth of students are closely connected,” said Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education. “These additional resources will help schools expand their capacity for addressing the social-emotional-behavioral health needs of students, break down barriers to learning and improve outcomes as we move forward.”

The following 10 districts were awarded a one-time COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding grant. 

  • Chariton Community School District               $9,524.60
  • Dubuque Community School District              $64,354.20
  • East Buchanan Community School District     $54,974
  • Harlan Community School District                   $42,550
  • Iowa City Community School District              $94,837
  • Logan Magnolia Community School District    $30,300
  • Mount Pleasant Community School District    $50,000
  • North Mahaska Community School District     $51,000
  • Muscatine Community School District             $100,000
  • Storm Lake Community School District           $95,525


This will be very beneficial to the East Buchanan Community School, and well appreciated.  Covid-19 has been very hard on all schools.  Attendance rates are down, morale is not the same as pre-covid, we want to improve our culture.  We are moving into the Leader In Me initiative that will involve all staff and students.  This will include professional development, contracted services and book studies.  The culture change we are looking for is empowering  people, making everyone responsible – being their own leader.  Leader In Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive model that builds leadership and life skills in students, creates a high-trust school culture, and lays the foundation for sustained academic achievement. East Buchanan is a great district and we want to keep that going.