Lincoln Public Schools is hiring ten consultants through the grant

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

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

Mickle Middle School counselor Nicki Hanseling says a counselor has many jobs within a school.

“We are educators first and foremost and have an added role to really collaborate and collaborate with teachers, students and parents and so I like to think that we are just able to connect all those bits and pieces and this week just recognizes the role we play,” said Hanseling.

However, only 30 out of 40 elementary schools currently have full-time counselors. Then LPS applied for and accepted a multi-million dollar grant from the US Department of Education that would ensure elementary schools throughout the district have full-time counselors. LPS supervisor for school counselors and school social workers, Lori Hemmett, said this grant will provide funding to pay for the ten additional counselors who will be hired at LPS.

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

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated through February 10.

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