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Ashe County Schools Press Release

Press Release


Ashe County Schools Receive Grant Funding for Mental Health Services!



Ashe County, NC – October 4, 2019.  Ashe County Schools is pleased to announce that we have been selected to receive $842,586 in grant funding for the Rural School Mental Health Training and Service Provision in North Carolina, which is a Federal Department of Education grant.  The total grant value of $2.5M is to be divided between Ashe County Schools, Appalachian State University and RTI International over a five-year period of time.  Director of Student Services Jamie Little was responsible for applying for the grant and will serve as Grant Project Manager.


The responsibilities for this grant will be allocated in the following ways:

  • Ashe County Schools will oversee the program as a whole and work to place clinical counseling and psychology interns in the areas of highest need in Ashe County’s individual schools.
  • Appalachian State University’s Psychology Department will provide support to Ashe County Schools by training and sending their clinical students to our county for internship hours. This will add another layer of support to the services that our students are already receiving from school-based employees.
  • RTI International will collect data from the program and will assist both Ashe County Schools and Appalachian State University with needed professional development training based on their data. This will provide a guided direction for how services are implemented at the school level.


“This is a great opportunity for Ashe County Schools to pull in additional resources to better support our students in the area of mental health services.  I’m also am extremely proud of Jamie Little for her hard work in acquiring this grant for our district.  I believe that she will do an excellent job as Grant Project Manager and I think that our students will greatly benefit from this program.”


Ashe County Schools Superintendent,

Phyllis Yates


“We are excited and honored to receive this grant!  We are going to do great things for our students with this opportunity.  We are pleased that our teachers will have access to training and resources that will help us to better meet the mental health needs of our students.”


Director of Student Services,

Jamie Little