Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

June 11, 2018

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced that St. Mary’s County Public Schools will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. Specifically, the grant will aid the ongoing recovery effort of students, faculty and staff of Great Mills High School after the tragic school shooting that took place in March.

“Ensuring our students feel safe in their schools must be a top priority of lawmakers in Congress,” said Congressman Hoyer. “As our community continues to heal following March’s tragic shooting, I’m pleased that the Department of Education has awarded these funds to Great Mills High School as both students and faculty need mental health resources readily available. But Congress must be doing more to prevent gun violence in our schools. We must take meaningful action such as enacting commonsense background check laws and banning assault weapons, so that no student feels unsafe.”

“Incidents of school violence tear at my heart. The members of the Great Mills High School community need time and the right tools to help deal with the lasting, invisible scars that can rob the ability to focus on learning. The Project SERV funds will help SMCPS fulfill the current and future mental health needs of those individuals,” said Senator Cardin.

“Recovering from tragedy takes time and support. These increased resources will help the community move forward and ensure students and teachers have access to the services they may need. As a parent, I know there’s nothing more important than knowing your child is safe. I will continue fighting in Congress to improve our school safety and meaningfully address gun violence,” said Senator Van Hollen.

The $189,202 grant announced through the DOE Project SERV program will provide targeted support to help students, faculty, and staff feel safe at GMHS through the availability of evening and daytime counseling. Through partnerships with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, individuals will have access to the counseling support across the street from GMHS. As a part of the ongoing recovery efforts, SMCPS will provide additional training for school counselors and school psychologists through St. Mary’s County to assist individuals following this traumatic event. SMCPS also plans to utilize funds on hiring additional substitutes to allow staff to access supports and take time for recovery. To help prevent future tragedies, SMCPS will utilize funds to hire additional Safety Assistants to secure SMCPS school buildings.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Project SERV funds short-term and long-term education-related services for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.


7 Responses to Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

  1. werwe on June 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I thought Maryland already allocated money for this?

  2. Anonymous on June 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Assault weapons are fully automatic machine guns. They are already banned by Federal law with rare exceptions.

  3. Anonymous on June 11, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Whom every wrote this press release should know they have a very poor choice of words and be more cognizant of what they mean to say, “will provide targeted support”; and “feel safe” are is right behind that.

    “SMCPS will utilize funds to hire additional Safety Assistants to secure SMCPS school buildings,” I’m not assured sure how 189k can hire additional security (or improve security) across the county and do everything else it promises to do.

  4. Sean on June 12, 2018 at 9:36 am

    “We must take meaningful action such as enacting commonsense background check laws and banning assault weapons”…. Hey Steny, I know you are old – But Maryland already has bans on AK’s and AR’s…Background Checks, you are not offering any solutions, just your liberal agenda. Time to retire.

  5. LtownTaxpayer on June 12, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hoyer needs to retire. He doesn’t even know what he is talking about. How can anyone make everything about politics and re-election.

  6. Tax and Spend on June 13, 2018 at 10:17 am

    “Money answereth all things”

    Let’s just see what they do with it.

    Make the school properties a safe fortress or pay forsome humanistic counselors –

    my guess is the later.

  7. billybob on June 17, 2018 at 10:06 am

    they can finally purchase that feel good service monkey so the kids will forget all about life. Liberalism is an illness and this old turd has a bad case of it. Thanks President Trump for you’ve done and tried to do…even though the lefties try to block any decent legislation.