AASA Awards Mini-Grants to School Districts Across the Nation

James Minichello

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Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 12, 2016 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2016 Helping Kids Program, an urgent-need mini grant. The program is funded by AASA through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance.

The grant can be used for immediate needs that directly impact students. Grantees’ requests have ranged from boots, coats and non-perishable sundries to dental care and even temporary housing stipends.

The announcement was made at AASA’s National Conference on Education where hundreds of superintendents have convened in Phoenix, Ariz., to address some of the most critical issues in education today.  

The winning districts include:

Region 1

Franklin Pierce School District

Superintendent: Frank Hewins

Tacoma, Wash.


Ridgefield School District

Superintendent: Nathan McCann

Ridgefield, Wash.


Moses Lake School District

Superintendent: Michelle Price

Moses Lake, Wash.


Vancouver School District #37

Superintendent: Steven Webb

Vancouver, Wash.


Region 2

Washington Elementary School District

Superintendent: Paul Stanton

Glendale, Ariz.


Yuma School District One

Superintendent: Darwin J. Stiffler

Yuma, Ariz.


Marana Unified School District

Superintendent: Doug Wilson

Marana, Ariz.


Central Consolidated School District

Superintendent: Colleen Bowman

Shiprock, N.M.


Region 3

Brainerd Public Schools ISD 181

Superintendent: Robert Gross

Brainerd, Minn.


Intermediate District 287

Superintendent: Sandra Lewandowski

Plymouth, Minn.


Rapid City Area Schools

Superintendent: Tim Mitchell

Rapid City, S.D.


School District of Luck

Superintendent: Christopher J. Schultz

Luck, Wis.


Region 4

Cook County School District 130

Superintendent: Tina Halliman

Blue Island, Ill.


Jefferson County Public Schools

Superintendent: Donna M. Hargens

Louisville, Ky.


Barren County Public Schools

Superintendent: Bo Matthews

Glasgow, Ky.


Riverview Gardens School District

Superintendent: Scott Spurgeon

St. Louis, Mo.


Region 5

Sylacauga City Schools

Superintendent: Todd Freeman

Sylacauga, Ala.


Hillsborough County Public Schools

Superintendent: Jeff Eakins

Tampa, Fla.


Clarke County School District

Superintendent: Philip Lanoue

Athens, Ga.


Fairfax County Public Schools

Superintendent: Karen K. Garza

Falls Church, Va.


Region 6

Long Branch Public Schools

Superintendent: Michael Salvatore

Long Branch, N.J.


Warren County School District

Superintendent: William A. Clark

Russell, Pa.  


School District of Lancaster

Superintendent: Damaris Rau

Lancaster, Pa.  


Northwestern Lehigh School District

Superintendent: Mary Anne Wright

New Tripoli, Pa.  


Region 7

Fitchburg Public Schools

Superintendent: Andre Ravenelle

Fitchburg, Mass.


Wareham Public Schools

Superintendent: Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Wareham, Mass.


Roosevelt Union Free School District

Superintendent: Marnie Hazelton

Hempstead, N.Y.


Orleans Central Supervisory Union

Superintendent: Donald Van Nostrand

Barton, Vt.


AASA thanks NJPA for its continuing support for students in need through the Helping Kids Program.

For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education, click here. 


 About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.