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Minnewaska, MN: 'The sheer amount of money we spend on student support' is double other schools

Mar 26, 2018, Glenwood (MN) Tribune: Local schools continue to improve security https://pctribune.com/2018/03/local-schools-continue-improve-security/ With $15.9 million proposed to enhance safety for students, teachers, parents and staff, and an additional $5 million for school-based grants that would, “provide mental health services to students who need added support,” the proposal is aimed at reducing the amount of school shootings in Minnesota for the future. Since 2003, 879 Minnesotans have died as a result of gun violence, and Dayton said he was looking at significantly reducing that number through the Safe and Secure Schools Act, with hopes of passing another piece of legislation that would create difficulties for criminals to get access to guns. … Another thing that Rankin is proud of is the amount of student support staff that they have. Although it may not be viewed as school security, mental health support is a priority for Minnewaska. It’s something that has been proposed numerous times in legislation for increased funding for mental health support for students. But Minnewaska is already at the top of the game. “The sheer amount of money we spend on student support, it’s almost, I don’t want to say double, but it’s definitely one and a half times more than any school that I’ve ever been at,” he said. Two social workers, school counselors, a licensed psychologist, and mental health practitioners are some of the resources that Minnewaska currently has for students. …