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Lincoln Public Schools has awarded a $7 million federal grant to hire school counselors

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The US Department of Education has awarded Lincoln Public Schools a multi-million dollar grant to ensure schools have counselors.

Right now, only 30 of 40 LPS elementary schools have full-time counselors.

As the school year began, LPS Supervisor Lori Hemmett realized that there was a need for more school counselors in the district.

“It’s a $7 million grant over five years,” he said.

Robin Mickle Middle School counselor Nicki Henseling said the recognition they receive is ‘essential’ as LPS celebrates National School Counselor Week

“We kind of see things that parents can’t see and the teachers are great, but they have 20 to 30 more kids,” she said. “So we’re just here to support teachers and help students as much as we can.”

Several schools in the district will receive school counselors, Hemmitt says LPS will work with principals to develop an implementation plan.

“It will start in the first year and then we will implement various meetings to review and see how things are going,” he said.

Hanseling added that the advisors are a great resource for students to connect with in order to achieve academic success.

“We can help them find success here at the school so their teachers can continue to teach in the classroom,” she said.

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