Ash Grove R-4 to team up with Burrell for mental health services

Starting in January or February of 2019, the Ash Grove School District will be teaming up with Burrell Health Services to provide access to mental health treatment for Ash Grove students.
The joint partnership, announced at the Ash Grove Board of Education Dec. 17 meeting, will provide on-school-site mental health services to students, and also teachers.
The process is a three-tier program including small groups and individual counseling for students.
This isn’t a maiden voyage for the Burrell program, however, as it is currently utilized at other area schools, including Republic.
In other announcements during the meeting, Ash Grove Superintendent Aaron Gerla made it known that the district’s free and reduced lunch level has reached 50 percent of the student body, making the district available for new grant money.
Just two years ago the district was at 44 percent free or reduced lunches. The specific school breakdown of free and reduced lunches follows: Ash Grove Elementary - 56.7 percent; Bois D’Arc Elementary - 54.4 percent and Ash Grove High School - 44.59 percent.
Also during the meeting, presentations were made by head coach Josh Reece, who gave an update on the boy’s basketball program; head coach Bryan Dean, who gave an update on the girl’s basketball program; and counselors Hilary Nicholson and Cozy Beckner who gave a presentation on counseling and the A+ program.
It was also announced that the Bois D’Arc Beta Club attended the state convention, where they found success. In total, 31 students competed at state competition, 22 of whom were recognized for their efforts and performed at the awards assembly. Many of the students were in attendance at the meeting and gave first hand accounts of their experiences.


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