A northern New Mexico public school district has been awarded a federal grant to bolster guidance and counseling programs for students.
The funding from the U.S. Department of Education will go toward addressing high rates of behavioral referrals, violence, suspension and drops outs at El Rito and Ojo Caliente elementary schools.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan announced the funding. The New Mexico Democrat says getting students on the right track at a young age is critical to helping them avoid negative conduct in school.
As part of the Mesa Vista school district's plan, a counselor will be provided to serve the two elementary schools and a social worker will help coordinate community training and collaborate with local social service providers.
The Mesa Vista district is based in El Rito, about an hour northwest of Santa Fe.