$220,000 for counseling to Placerville Union schools in tragedy aftermath of Sam LaCara Shooting
The $220,000 grant will fund continued counseling for students, parents and staff and pay for a police officer to spend 20 hours a week among the district’s three schools, Superintendent Eric Bonniksen said.
Bonniksen said the death of LaCara in February 2011 left the school community feeling vulnerable. “No matter where something like this ends up happening it takes a little bit away from that feeling of safety,” he said. “We want people to feel like they are safe on our campuses.”
The death of the beloved principal at the hands of his friend and golfing partner, John Luebbers, shook the small community of about 10,000 people. Luebbers apparently shot LaCara over a dispute about hiring a night janitor. LaCara, 50, died at Marshall Hospital in Placerville about an hour after the shooting. Luebbers was sentenced in June 2012 to 50 years to life.
Since the shooting, the school district has designed new school safety plans and installed surveillance cameras and panic buttons at Schnell School as well as at its other campuses – Sierra Elementary School and Markham Middle School.
The district applied for the extended services grant from the federal Emergency Response to Violence Program, which provides money to school districts, colleges and universities that need counseling and other services after a violent event on campus. Immediate grants provide short-term support soon after a traumatic event, while one-time extended services grants provide up to $250,000 for 18 months.
The Department of Education gave an initial award of $45,000 to the Placerville district in June of 2011 – four months after the principal was killed – for immediate counseling services. Bonniksen said the need for counseling has increased “tenfold if not more” since before the shooting and will help the kids “to be able to cope and move forward. It’s been an ongoing process.”
He said the campus community at Schnell School is recovering. “The students are very successful and are happy to be at school, and the staff is fantastic and things are moving forward in a positive manner,” he ...
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Gov Press Release:
U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $220,000 in Additional Funding to Placerville, Calif., to Further Support Recovery Efforts Following School Shooting
The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding an additional $219,720 to Placerville Union School District in Placerville, Calif., to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the shooting death of the principal at Louisiana Schnell School in February 2011 by a school custodian. The extended services grant, which is being made through the Department's Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program and administered by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will provide additional support to the school district, which is comprised of Louisiana Schnell School, where the principal served, and two other schools. The additional funding will allow the district to continue restoring a safe and healthy school environment that is critical to teaching and learning. Placerville received its first Project SERV grant for $45,222 in June 2011.
"We want to do whatever we can to support ongoing recovery efforts," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These grants will help ensure that the school district has the resources necessary to meet the continued needs of its students, school staff and the community that were impacted by this terrible tragedy."
Placerville's nearly $220,000 grant will help to continue restoring a sense of security and safety, enable students to learn without anxiety and fear, and teachers to teach without grief. In addition, the district hopes to lessen the effects of the incident that rocked this small rural town with a population of slightly more than 10,000. The grant will financially support additional services such as counseling, staff development aimed at helping staff understand the impact of trauma on students and the hiring of a school resource officer.
The Department's Project SERV grants provide funding for school districts, colleges and universities that have experienced a significant traumatic event and need resources to respond, recover, and re-establish safe environments for students. The Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded more than $33.7 million through 112 grants, including Placerville, since the program began in 2001.
For more information about the Project SERV program, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/dvppserv/index.html.
... convicted John Luebbers of the first degree murder of Sam LaCara on Feb. 2, 2011. LaCara was principal of Louisiana Schnell Elementary School. Luebbers shot ...
Admin - 06/15/2012 - 15:31 - 0 comments
... Image: Image Detail: Sam LaCara and John Luebbers (l-r) John Luebbers, the Placerville ... in the slaying of popular Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara about two and a half hours after starting deliberations. Janitor ...
Admin - 04/25/2012 - 08:26 - 0 comments
... bullets found in the victim, Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara. Luebbers, the former head custodian at the school, shot and killed LaCara in February of last year, a few days after the two golfed together. ...
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