Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $709,959)
The Maine-Endwell Central School District (MECSD), located in Broome County, New York, will implement a violence prevention program that will include extensive training for District staff and addition of two new positions. MECSD serves approximately 2,300 students in four buildings.
District staff will participate in training on Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG), suicide awareness, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Restorative Practices, active shooter, “Youth & Technology,” and “Oppression & Diversity.” School Counselors and Social Workers will receive specialized training in suicide risk assessment using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. The District will partner with the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police, who will participate in CSTAG training and on the District’s Behavioral Threat Assessment team. The District will also bring on two new positions to support violence prevention: Student Engagement Liaison and School Safety Coordinator.
Expected outcomes of the project include a reduction in student discipline referral, reduction in in-school suspension, and reduction in the number of chronically absent students.