Lincoln Public Schools Hires Ten Consultants Thanks to Grant

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Lincoln Public Schools talk about the impact counselors have on their students during National School Counseling Week.

School counselors give advice to children, but they do much more than meets the eye.

Mikla High School counselor, Niki Hanseling, says counselor has many positions at the school.

“We are educators first and foremost and we have the added role of really collaborating and collaborating with teachers and students and parents and so I like to think that we can just put all these pieces and pieces together and this week we are just acknowledging the role we’re doing,” Hanseling said.

However, now only 30 out of 40 primary schools have full-time counselors. So LPS applied for and accepted a multi-million dollar grant from the US Department of Education that would provide elementary schools throughout the district with full-time counselors. LPS Head of School Counselors and School Social Workers Lori Hammett said the grant will provide funding to pay for an additional ten counselors to be hired by the LPS.

“This is a $7 million federal grant to pay the salaries of 10 consultants we hire this year for the next academic year, and we’ll keep them on staff for four years,” says Hemmett.

National School Counseling Week runs until February 10th.

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