Many schools in Colorado desperately need to hire more health care employees, such as counselors, social workers, and nurses, and thanks to the marijuana using residents and tourists in the state, some schools will be able to do just that.
The Colorado Department of Education awarded $975,658 to eleven different schools, yesterday, to be allocated to hiring these much needed health care employees. A total of twelve grant applications were submitted throughout the month they were being accepted, and eleven of those grants were awarded. The gifting of cannabis-tax grant money will not end with this round of approvals, however, because a second round of applications were being accepted until last week. The second round window closed after receiving sixteen submissions.
To address any worries that all of the funding may not be awarded, coordinator for the School Health Professional grant, Lynn Jenkins-Nygren told the Denver Post,
“We’re confident we will get very close to using the funds. The second round has a lot of larger districts.”
The first round of selected schools are listed below with the amount of money that was awarded.
The New America School, $169,232
HOPE Online Learning Academy, $131,900
Cripple Creek School District, $108,024
St.Vrain Valley School District, $96,650
Atlas Preparatory School, $89,200
Center Consolidated Schools 26JT, $87,062
Archuleta School District No. 50 JT, $65,790
Mountain Valley School District RE-1, $64,000
South Routt School District RE-3, $60,360
GOAL Academy, $53,440
Alamosa School District, $50,000
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