While the agenda for the Sept. 17 meeting of the Lake Havasu Unified School District has not yet been posted, there is one item that is certain to be discussed and acted upon.

A “yes” vote from the board will allow the district to apply for state funds to pay for additional counselors in Havasu schools.

News of the additional state funding was previously reported. What has changed is that the money will be available sooner than expected. Schools can apply for funding beginning Sept. 16.

“We have added this item to our Sept. 17 board agenda. The window is short and we need the board approval to apply,” said district Superintendent Diana Asseier.

On Monday, the office of Governor Ducey announced that distribution of the $20 million approved in the fiscal year 2019 budget for additional school counselors, school resource officers and social workers is being expedited.

When an initial timeline was announced in June indicating the grant dollars would not be distributed until the 2020 school year, the governor’s office intervened to accelerate the program.

The grant program will be administered by the Department of Education. The dollars will be available for this school year as well as the following three school years, according to press release from Gov. Ducey’s office.

If Havasu’s piece of the pie is large enough, the local school district had initial plans to add more counselors at the elementary level with the new money.

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