AASA Awards ‘Mini Grants’ to School Districts Across the Nation

January 08, 2024


James Minichello



Alexandria, Va. – January 8, 2024 AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2024 Helping Kids Mini Grants, a program funded by AASA, and supported by its government cooperative procurement partner, Sourcewell.

This year, $80,500 in funds have been distributed to 23 school districts across the country and are being used for urgent technology-related necessities. AASA is providing these funds to districts for addressing and advancing technology equity in education, connectivity and digital learning for underserved students, staff or buildings.


“AASA is thrilled to be able to support public school districts. We pride ourselves as the premier national organization of service for the education community, and it’s part of our fabric to help provide opportunities for districts to better themselves and their communities,” said David R. Schuler, executive director, AASA. “Sourcewell is an integral part of making this program available, and we thank them for their partnership, which speaks volumes to their unparalleled commitment to school communities nationwide.” 

“Sourcewell is an integral part of making this program available, and we thank them for their partnership, which speaks volumes to their unparalleled commitment to school communities nationwide.” 

For 2024, the following school districts were chosen to receive the AASA | Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini Grants. 

Bentworth School District
Bentleyville, Pa.
Superintendent: Scott S. Martin

Brush School District  
Brush, Colo.
Superintendent: William Wilson

Dodgeland School District
Juneau, Wis.
Superintendent: Jessica Johnson

East Peoria Community High School District 309
East Peoria, Ill.
Superintendent: Marjorie Greuter

Ferndale School District 502
Ferndale, Wash.
Superintendent: Kristi Dominguez

Florida Union Free School District
Florida, N.Y.
Superintendent: Lisamarie Spindler

Genesee Joint School District 282
Genesee, Idaho
Superintendent: Wendy J. Moore

Harrison School District 2
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Superintendent: Wendy Birhanzel

Hutsonville Community Unit School District 1
Hutsonville, Ill.
Superintendent: Travis Titsworth

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
Maplewood, Mo.
Superintendent: Bonita Jamison

Mellen School District
Mellen, Wis.
Superintendent: Rhonda Elmhorst-Friemoth

Northwest Educational Service District 189
Anacortes, Wash.
Superintendent: Larry Francois

Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization District 805
Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Superintendent: Meg Schnoor

Plains School District #1
Plains, Mont.
Superintendent: Kathleen Walsh

Purchase Line School District
Commodore, Pa.
Superintendent: Patricia Berezansky

Queen Creek Unified School District
Queen Creek, Ariz.
Superintendent: Erika Copeland

Castleton, N.Y.
Superintendent: Gladys Cruz

Salmon River Joint School District #243
Riggins, Idaho
Superintendent: Trisha Simonson

Secaucus Public Schools
Secaucus, N.J.
Superintendent: Erick Alfonso

St. James R-1 School District
St. James, Mo.
Superintendent: Tim Webster

Sto-Rox School District
McKees Rocks, Pa.
Superintendent: Megan M. Van Fossan

Twinsburg City School District
Twinsburg, Ohio
Superintendent: Kathryn Powers

Watertown Public Schools
Watertown, Conn.
Superintendent: Alison Villanueva

Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell have worked together to create the mini grant program. For additional questions, please contact Leigh Hines at leigh.hines@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.

About Sourcewell
Sourcewell is a government organization empowering k12 solutions since 1978. Use our cooperative purchasing program to save time and money buying supplies, equipment, furniture, and most other items schools need already on contract. Harness the power of 50,000 participating agencies in North America using hundreds of contracted suppliers. Tap into our K-12 technology experts to discover a people-centered approach to school technology–from the business office to the classroom. Fulfill your public service mission to your community by using Sourcewell – Your smart source to empower student success. For more information, visit https://www.sourcewell-mn.gov/.