Knox Co. Schools get $50,000 grant for Inskip shooting recovery

Knox County Schools get $50,000 grant for Inskip shooting recovery

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Schools received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to help with recovery efforts after the February shooting at Inskip Elementary School.

Project SERV grants provide funding to school districts and higher learning institutions that experience traumatic events, and need resources to respond and re-establish a safe learning environment.

Former fourth grade teacher Mark Foster is charged with wounding Inskip Elementary Principal Elisa Luna and Assistant Principal Amy Brace at the school on February 10 after learning his contract wouldn't be renewed.

Counseling and support services were offered to the school and community in the days immediately following the shooting. 

Services provided by the grant include:

  • Hiring a school security officer for the remainder of the school year
  • Hiring a professional counselor
  • Contracting with a mental health provider to provide additional counseling for students, parents and eligible faculty
  • Contracting with a retired principal to serve as a "principal coach" for the interim principal

This fiscal year, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools has awarded more than $1.1 million to 11 grantees, including the most recent one to Knox County Schools.

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