Matt Tullis, Project Director
The Marshalltown Community School District is the recipient of a $5.6 million through a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative grant.
The District will receive $1.4 million each year for four years to address the social, emotional and behavioral barriers to learning. The goal of the project is to enable all students to receive the necessary mental health and other supports so they can benefit from quality academic instruction and experience success in school.
“This is great news for our school district and the entire community,” said Matt Tullis, District Director of Equity & Learning Supports and project director for the grant. “We are so fortunate to have such great community partners.”
The project is a joint effort between the school district, Substance Abuse Treatment Center Unit of Iowa (SATUCI), Mid-Iowa Community Action, the Marshalltown Police Department, Juvenile Court Services, Area Education Agency 267, Center Associates Mental Health Center, the Community Y, the Center for Safe Schools and Communities and the Iowa Parent Information and Resource Center.
“This collaborative spirit does not go unnoticed at the federal level,” Tullis said. “These funds will enable us to accomplish many objectives our community has identified for improvement in the safety and well-being of our students.”
The project focuses on five elements geared toward supporting the social and emotional well being of students: safe school environments and violence prevention activities; alcohol and drug prevention; student behavioral, social and emotional supports; mental health services; and early childhood social and emotional learning.