Two South Dakota school districts, American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Sisseton Wahpeton tribal court system received approval Tuesday for special federal aid administered through the state Council of Juvenile Services.
The council met in Mitchell. Meeting audio was available by teleconference.
Panel members voted to direct $50,000 to the Andes Central district for several coordinators and a consultant. They would monitor academics, behavior and activities.
The funding includes $1,200 for food on family nights and $900 for snacks. Debera Lucas is superintendent for the Lake Andes-based district.
The council also green-lighted $34,621.28 to the Dell Rapids district for a positive-action coordinator for pre-kindergarten through grade four and on-site training.
Dell Rapids got about $27,000 this year through a similar federal sub-grant. School officials are trying to address mental-health needs including suicide threats.
Both delinquency-prevention programs applied for a second year of federal help.
American Horse School, which serves three reservation districts of Lacreek, Pass Creek and Medicine Root Creek (the areas of the Martin, Allen and Kyle communities), asked for the second year of a Native American sub-grant for $50,000.
The funding normally would expire June 30 but the state council agreed to accept an application in July. The council directed the state Department of Corrections juvenile staff to work with Superintendent Gloria Coats-Kitsopoulos and school officials to develop a plan.
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Court received preliminary approval for a $50,000 sub-grant to hire a juvenile probation and diversion officer. The salary would be $38,000 and benefits $12,000. The state council wants to see more details. The tribal jail was closed in 2017.
The court system currently assigns youth offenders to officers who otherwise focus on adult offenders. About 200 juveniles were handled through the system last year, mostly for drug and alcohol offenses. Court administrator Mary High Eagle would oversee the expansion.