Hogg Foundation awards $316,000 grant to Lockhart ISD

Lockhart ISD Superintendent Susan Bohn has announced an award of $316,000 to the district from the Hogg Foundation to boost student achievement through campus-based mental health services. The district will use videoconferencing technology in schools to address  financial, scheduling, and transportation barriers that prevent students from accessing services.

The grant is part of a total of $2 million the Hogg Foundation awarded to seven Texas nonprofit entities this month. LISD is the lone school district in the list of this year’s grantees.

The district serves over 5,700 students and spans 300 square miles.  Nearly 70 percent of students live in poverty. Additionally, 19 percent are English Language Learners (ELL), and 11 percent require special education services. Last year, the district served 200 students who were homeless, many of whom had no access to transportation other than what is provided to go to and from school. The needs of each of these groups of students are significant, and they often impact success in learning at school.

“The district is committed to making sure every student has equitable opportunities to achieve his or her full potential. To do this, we must address the needs of the whole child, and providing easier access to mental health services is part of that,” said Bohn. “LISD is fortunate to have Bluebonnet Trails Community Services (BTCS) as its key partner in this project, providing valuable services to our children including assessments, counseling, crisis services, substance abuse interventions and case management. BTCS Executive Director Andrea Richardson and her staff have been tremendously helpful in the planning.”

LISD Executive Director of Student Programs Monica Parks, who wrote the grant, will serve as the district’s grant manager in coordination with BTCS. The partnership will serve students at five campuses during the three-year grant period, including Alma Brewer Strawn Elementary School, Clear Fork Elementary School, Bluebonnet Elementary School, Lockhart Junior High School, and Lockhart High School. Planning is underway in preparation for the launch of services planned to begin Oct. 1.

“We are grateful to the Hogg Foundation for selecting Lockhart ISD for this opportunity. It will certainly make a difference not only for the children we serve but the community as a whole,” Parks said.

The Hogg Foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, the foundation aims to advance wellness and recovery in Texas.

 

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