Melrose School District Receives Regional DESE Grant to Further SEEM Collaborative Work

Melrose Public Schools
Superintendent Cyndy S. Taymore
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose , MA 02176

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose School District Receives Regional DESE Grant to Further SEEM Collaborative Work

MELROSE — Superintendent Cyndy Taymore is pleased to announce that Melrose Public Schools has received a portion of a nearly $90,000 grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to improve student learning through the SEEM Collaborative.

The SEEM Collaborative is a 10-member organization that formed in 1986 to provide quality education to school districts and strengthen existing school programs and services that would otherwise not be accessible or affordable to local districts on their own.

Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington and Woburn applied for the DESE grant as a consortium, and will receive $88,900 to be allocated over a two-year period beginning in 2018.

The grant money will support each district’s work on improving inclusive practices. This includes providing identified teachers, administrators and members of child study teams with targeted professional development, coaching in Universal Design for Learning — a framework designed to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how we learn — and inclusive practices that support the achievement of all students.

“As the Melrose Public Schools strives to provide quality education for our students, it is imperative that our faculty continuously refine their skills for inclusive and engaging instructional practices that provide all students with opportunities to succeed,” Superintendent Taymore said. “We’re thankful that DESE awarded the SEEM Collaborative with this grant allocation so we can continue to provide the best services for all learners.”

Melrose Public Schools will also work to:
• Examine and question resource allocation in more depth, using data available in districts along with tools provided by DESE, particularly new Resource Allocation and District Action Reports.
• Make meaningful changes in resource allocation to support best practices and district improvement strategies.
• Measure the impact of resource shifts on the desired outcomes. Melrose schools will be paired with an action research consultant who will help gather data, measure impact and report results.

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COIN Receives AmeriCorps Grant from P.A.A.R.I. to Bring on Full-Time Program Coordinator

For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-743-0004
Email: john@jgpr.net

COIN Receives AmeriCorps Grant from P.A.A.R.I. to Bring on Full-Time Program Coordinator

Interested Applicants Encouraged to Apply

PEPPERELL — Chief David Scott is pleased to announce that the Community Outreach Initiative Network (COIN) received an AmeriCorps grant from the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to bring on a full-time program coordinator to support its efforts in member communities.

The program coordinator role is a one-year position and COIN is currently looking for interested applicants.

COIN, a 10-town collaborative in northwest Middlesex County, works to assist those suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders by connecting them to services and treatment options in order to divert them from the criminal justice system.

Over the summer, P.A.A.R.I. partnered with AmeriCorps to place 20 part-time recovery coaches and five full-time program coordinators with police departments in Massachusetts, enabling those agencies to dramatically enhance their capacity to reach individuals in need and better support them as they work to access treatment and recovery programs and services. The program launched this month, and COIN is one of the organizations to earn a grant to support a full-time program coordinator.

“We’re happy to have received one of the AmeriCorps grants to bring in a full-time person who can further the work we’re already doing surrounding substance abuse and mental health,” Chief Scott said. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in these fields to apply.”

The program coordinator will work with COIN’s part-time interim health clinician and will:

  • Perform general outreach and help with awareness activities
  • Organize fundraisers and open house style awareness events, and compile information for outreach packets
  • Assist with locating and reviewing treatment facilities
  • Help police departments with referrals and data collection
  • Attend/take notes on steering committee and working group meetings
  • Organize prescription drug and needle disposal throughout member towns
  • Represent COIN at local awareness group meetings such as North Middlesex Cares and the Societal Heroin Addiction Awareness Resource Project.

The program coordinator will receive a monthly living allowance of $1,152.50, health insurance, professional development opportunities and valuable experience working in the field.

Those interested in applying should do so here.

About COIN:
The Northwest Middlesex County Community Outreach Initiative Network (COIN) is a collaboration among 10 police departments — Pepperell, Ashby, Townsend, Groton, Shirley, Ayer, Boxborough, Dunstable, Westford and Littleton – committed to addressing mental health issues and substance abuse disorders in their communities. Through its partnership with Family Continuity, a local mental health provider, COIN has brought in a mental health clinician to assist the departments with finding help for their residents in need and diverting them from the criminal justice system.

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Photos: Georgetown Police and Fire Departments Welcome Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito After Earning Communications Grant

 

Photos: Georgetown Police and Fire Departments Welcome Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito After Earning Communications Grant

GEORGETOWN — Fire Chief Fred Mitchell and Police Chief Donald Cudmore are pleased to announce that Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the Georgetown public safety building today to congratulate the departments on earning a technology grant that will allow the two departments to better share data.

The $69,000 grant, awarded through the state’s Community Compact Cabinet Information Technology Grant Program, will provide the departments with the funding they need to transition toward a shared incident reporting software.

Polito visited the two departments to learn more about how the grant will be used and the types of information the two departments use when responding to emergencies of all types in town.

 




Groton Police Department Receives Grant for Child Passenger Safety Equipment

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Groton Police Department
Donald Palma Jr., Chief of Police
99 Pleasant Street
Groton MA 01450

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groton Police Department Receives Grant for Child Passenger Safety Equipment

GROTON — Chief Donald Palma is pleased to announce that the Groton Police Department has received a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant this month to increase accessibility to valuable safety resources in the community.

The goal of the CPS Equipment Grant is to reduce fatalities and injuries by distributing federally approved car seats to residents in need. Groton Police Department will receive $2,000 to use towards acquiring car seats and booster seats to be distributed throughout the next year. The seats are intended for children ranging in age from infants to 11 years old and will be given to local parents and caregivers.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for all children nationwide. Properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury in crashes, yet AAA estimates that 75 percent of car seats are installed improperly.

“Our department is proud to receive this grant and to further the effort increase car safety for our residents,” Chief Palma said. “Anyone in the community who is in need of a car or booster seat, or needs help installing one, should not hesitate to contact the police department.”

Groton police officers will also, by appointment, install child car seats for any residents free of charge.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for inspection, or to install a new car seat, contact the Groton Police Department at 978-448-5555.

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