AASA Awards 2021 Mini-Grants to School Districts Across the Nation

January 14, 2021

James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – January 14, 2021 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2021 Helping Kids Mini-Grants, a mini-grant program funded by AASA, through a partnership with Sourcewell, to help meet the urgent equity, connectivity and virtual-learning needs of individual students and their families.

The grants have been increased to $80,000 in funds broken up into 32 grants to school districts across the country.   

“Part of AASA’s mission is to respond to school districts and the students they serve who need financial support, which is why the AASA-Sourcewell Mini-Grant Program was created,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We thank Sourcewell for making this relief effort possible. This partnership speaks to the unparalleled commitment being made to school districts across the country.”

“The mini-grant program is a way for AASA and Sourcewell to reach out and make a positive connection where students and parents can benefit,” said Chad Coauette, CEO and executive director, Sourcewell. “As we continue to work with AASA, we are pleased that we are creating unique ways to help lead great schools and develop great communities. We are thankful to be able to play a small part in helping to establish some normalcy and stability for the honorees.”

For 2021, the following school districts were chosen to receive the AASA/Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini-Grants. 

Selma City Schools
Selma, Ala.
Superintendent: Avis Williams

Lincoln Consolidated School District
Lincoln, Ark.
Superintendent: Mary Ann Spears

Heber Springs Schools
Heber Springs, Ark.
Superintendent: Andrew Ashley

Byers School District
Byers, Colo.
Superintendent: Tom Turrell

Andover Elementary School
Andover, Conn.
Superintendent: Valerie Bruneau

Collier County Public Schools
Naples, Fla.
Superintendent: Kamela Patton

Fairfield Community School District
Fairfield, Iowa
Superintendent: Laurie Noll

Bunker Hill District
Bunker Hill, Ill.
Superintendent: Todd Dugan

Community Consolidated School District 15
Palatine, Ill.
Superintendent: Laurie Heinz

Indian Prairie School District 204
Aurora, Ill.
Superintendent: Adrian B. Talley

La Grange School District 102
LaGrange Park, Ill.
Superintendent: Kyle Schumacher

Thornton Township High School District 205
South Holland, Ill.
Superintendent: Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr.

Urbana School District #116
Urbana, Ill.
Superintendent: Jennifer Ivory-Tatum

Waukegan Community Unit School District 60
Waukegan, Ill.
Superintendent: Theresa Plascencia

Russell Tyler Ruthton Public Schools #2902
Tyler, Minn.
Superintendent: David Marlette

Lockwood School District
Lockwood, Mont.
Superintendent: Tobin Novasio

Gates County Public Schools
Gatesville, N.C.
Superintendent: Phillip Barry Williams

Mt. Pleasant School District #4
Rolla, N.D.
Superintendent: Brad Nash

Berkeley Township School District
Bayville, N.J.
Superintendent: James D. Roselli

Socorro Consolidated Schools
Socorro, N.M.
Superintendent: Ronald Hendrix

Gouverneur Central School District
Gouverneur, N.Y.
Superintendent: Lauren French

Nassau BOCES
Garden City, N.Y.
Superintendent: Robert Dillon

Northern Adirondack Central School District
Ellenburg Depot, N.Y.
Superintendent: James Knight

Windsor Central School District
Windsor, N.Y.
Superintendent: Jason A. Andrews

Varnum Public Schools
Seminole, Okla.
Superintendent: David Brewer

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

Washington County Schools
Jonesborough, Tenn.
Superintendent: William Robert Flanary

North Texas Collegiate Academy
Denton, Texas
Superintendent: Lisa Stanley

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Va.
Superintendent: Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.

City of Fairfax Schools
Fairfax, Va.
Superintendent: Phyllis Pajardo

Cascade School District
Leavenworth, Wash.
Superintendent: Tracey Beckendorf-Edou

Weyauwega-Fremont School District
Weyauwega, Wis.
Superintendent: Phillip Tubbs

Sourcewell is AASA’s premier School Solutions Center partner. Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell have worked together to create the mini-grant, which can be used for immediate needs that directly impact students.

For additional questions about the AASA-Sourcewell Mini-Grants, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org.


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 equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.