The Newtown school district, where a gunman shot and killed 20 grade school children and six educators, is receiving more money for counseling and other services for parents, students and staff members, according to federal and local officials.
The U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $3.2 million for Newtown schools for this school year and 2015-16. Following the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings, Newtown received $1.3 million for the 2012-13 school year and $1.9 million for the following year. The total, $6.4 million, is one of the largest grants from the Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program, officials said Wednesday.
The money will be used to hire more counselors and social workers, Newtown schools Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said on a conference call announcing the financial help.