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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Training Grants Available

"Now Is the Time" Project AWARE Local Educational Agency Grants
Due Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
The purpose of this program is to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. It is required that individuals be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

Award Amount: Up to $50,000/year.  More information is available at http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-019


Regional School Safety Institutes Planned

Many state and federal agencies have partnered through the Active Shooter Task Force, established by Governor Phil Bryant, to sponsor Regional Institutes on School Safety.  These institutes are designed for school administrators/personnel, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals, school safety officers, emergency responders/management personnel, Institutions of Higher Learning personnel, elected officials, and other community leaders to engage in a comprehensive effort toward promoting a safe school environment. 

Presenters will share information on best practices, lessons learned, national incident management system, school safety assessment and planning, suicide prevention, systematic response, available resources, and other pertinent topics. The institutes will be held from 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. (8-8:30 a.m. - Registration) at the following locations:

Pearl High School

June 25, 2014                                                                        

Biloxi High School

July 10, 2014                                                                                                

Senatobia Junior/Senior High School

July 22, 2014

Mississippi State University/Lee Hall Bettersworth Auditorium

July 24, 2014

School District personnel are highly encouraged to share and invite other community leaders/partners who would benefit from this training to participate.  Limited registration is available through go sign me up (http://gsmu.mde.k12.ms.us/Dev_students.asp?action=login&misc=9:28:06%20AM) on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website.  Lunch will be provided.  SEMI and CEU credit will be available for full participation. You may contact Joel Langford, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, at jlangford@mema.ms.gov  or Shane McNeill, Mississippi Department of Education, at psmcneill@mde.k12.ms.us for additional information.


MSBA Launches Superintendent Searches
The Mississippi School Boards Association is currently conducting superintendent searches for the North Bolivar Consolidated Schools District, Nettleton School District, and Sunflower County Consolidated School District.  All suitable applicants should visit the Superintendent Search page on the MSBA website www.msbaonline.org for more information on the positions and to submit an application.

Deadlines for active searches are:
North Bolivar Consolidated School District: April 23
Sunflower County Consolidated School DistrictMay 2
Nettleton School District: May 9


DAAIS Announces Superintendent Search

The Delta Area Association for Improvement of Schools is currently conducting the superintendent search for the newly consolidated district, West Bolivar Consolidated School District in Rosedale, MS.    
The announcement brochure and application for this position are available on the DAAIS website, www.daais.org  under Important News.
The application deadline is May 2.  If additional information is needed contact:

Joyce B. McNair, Executive Director
Delta State University
Ewing Hall, Rm 328 or P. O. Box 3333 DSU
Cleveland, MS 38733
Fax:  662-846-4402
Email:  jmcnair@deltastate.edu


Safe, Drug Free Schools Conference Scheduled for July

The 2014 Safe and Drug Free Schools Conference will be held June 9-13 at Biloxi High School.  This is the primary school safety conference for the state that will feature all school safety/discipline law updates as well as critical presentations regarding student restraint and crisis planning.  This conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Attorney, Attorney General, and Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers.  MDE will be furnishing the tuition for all MCOPs funded SROs.  The keynote speaker is Bernie James, JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, who will be presenting on the “School to Prison Pipeline”.  Registration is available at www.masro.us, or contact the Division of School Safety at (601) 359-1028.



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To inform you of vacancies in school districts, we provide a link each week to a list of school district openings. This list, updated monthly, is compiled by the Mississippi Teacher Center and includes job openings for administrators and teachers. To view the current monthly list, visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/teacher-center.

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