The district has been awarded two grants from the Skaggs Foundation Legacy fund to be used to benefit the lives of students. Grant presentations were made October 31 at a reception hosted by Ozarks Technical College-Table Rock campus. The Foundation grants provided over $700K to 22 recipients.
A $5,000 grant will fund items for students through the BHS Cents of Pride Store. Brad Swofford, superintendent, Jack Harris, BHS principal, and Marla Sheil, BHS teacher and store supervisor, attended the reception to accept the grant. The store provides students with opportunities to purchase clothes, hygiene products, personal care items, coats (seasonal) and food (non-perishable food). No money is necessary at the Cents of Pride store. Students are awarded “pride bucks” by faculty members for having positive attitudes, good attendance and turning in class assignments on time. The “pride bucks” are used in the store for purchases.
An $86,024 (over a 2-year period) grant will be used to provide outsourced mental health services and employ a case manager to oversee and manage treatment programs for students receiving services. Brad Swofford, superintendent, and Chip Arnette, assistant superintendent, accepted the grant on behalf of the district.