AASA Awards Mini-Grants to School Districts Across the Nation

James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 1, 2016 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2017 Helping Kids Program, an urgent need mini grant. The program is funded by AASA through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance.

NJPA provides member-centered solutions that enable government, education and non-profit agencies to work more efficiently and leverages its resources to effectively reinvest in the communities it serves as an invaluable service cooperative partner.

Since 2012, AASA and NJPA have partnered to create the mini grant, which 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.

“NJPA is our most valuable AASA School Solutions Center partner,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This partnership helps to ensure that the voices of AASA members are being heard. We thank NJPA for its continuing support.”

For 2017, 28 winning districts were chosen in seven regions across the country.

Region 1
Bethel School District

Spanaway, Wash.
Superintendent: Thomas Seigel

Hydaburg City School District
Hydaburg, Alaska
Superintendent: Lauren Burch

Milpitas Unified School District
Milpitas, Calif.
Superintendent: Cheryl Jordan

Willamina School District
Willamina, Ore.
Superintendent: Carrie Zimbrick

Region 2
Creighton School District No. 14

Phoenix, Ariz.
Superintendent: Donna W. Lewis

El Dorado Public Schools-USD 490
El Dorado, Kan.
Superintendent: Sue Givens

Spring Independent School District
Houston, Texas
Superintendent: Rodney E. Watson

Taos Municipal Schools
Taos, N.M.
Superintendent: Lillian Torrez

Region 3
Bellevue Public Schools

Bellevue, Neb.
Superintendent: Jeff Rippe

Crete Public Schools
Crete, Neb.
Superintendent: Mike Waters

Ecorse Public Schools
Ecorse, Mich.
Superintendent: Thomas Parker

Walker Hackensack Akeley School District
Walker, Minn.
Superintendent: Eric Pingrey

Region 4
Cook County School District 130
Blue Island, Ill.
Superintendent: Tina Halliman

East Dubuque Unit School District
East Dubuque, Ill.
Superintendent: Tori Lindeman

Grandview C-4 School District
Grandview, Mo.
Superintendent: Kenny Rodrequez

Jennings School District
Jennings, Mo.
Superintendent: Art McCoy

Region 5
Cleveland School District
Cleveland, Miss.
Superintendent: Jacquelyn C. Thigpen

Colbert County Schools
Tuscumbia, Ala.
Superintendent: Gale Satchel

Lexington City Schools
Lexington, N.C.
Superintendent: Richard Kriesky

Tarrant City Schools
Tarrant, Ala.
Superintendent: Shelly N. Mize

Region 6
Central Greene School District
Waynesburg, Pa.
Superintendent: Brian T. Uplinger

Ridley School District
Folsom, Pa.
Superintendent: Lee Ann Wentzel

Roselle Public Schools
Roselle, N.J.
Superintendent: Kevin West

York Suburban School District
York, Pa.
Superintendent: Michele Merkle

Region 7
East Providence Public Schools
East Providence, R.I.
Superintendent: Kathryn Crawley

Milford Public Schools
Milford, Conn.
Superintendent: Kevin McIntyre

Maine School Administrative District #1
Presque Isle, Maine
Superintendent: Brian M. Carpenter

Newport Public Schools
Newport, R.I.
Superintendent: Colleen Burns Jermain


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.