OCIC receives 2014 USDE School Climate Transformation grant

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The Osage County Interlocal Cooperative is the recipient of a 2014 USDE School Climate Transformation grant.

To help keep students safe and improve their learning environments, the U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $70 million to 130 grantees in 38 states.

The Department made the awards under four new grant programs that were among the common-sense proposals included in President Obama’s “Now Is The Time” — a comprehensive plan to make schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services.

OCIC, which has an office in Hominy, will assist 10 member school districts — Anderson, Bowring, Frontier in Red Rock, Hominy, Newkirk, Osage Hills, Pawhuska, Shidler, Woodland In Fairfax and Wynona — in implementinb an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for elementary-age students.

The Interlocal was the only Oklahoma school district to be awarded, and one of 71 districts nation-wide.

“If we can’t help protect kids and staff, and make them feel safe at school, then everything else that we do is secondary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn. It’s that simple. Through these grants of more than $70 million, we are continuing our commitment to ensure that kids have access to the best learning experience possible,” Duncan added.