BPS working to address mental health in schools

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Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Public Schools is making a big investment in students’ mental health.

The school district approved about $1.5 million in spending to address mental health and safety. That money will help pay for more classroom aides, more school psychological and social worker services and staff training.

School board member Jon Lee told us this is needed after a spike in disruptive classroom behavior in recent years.

“There’s a duel edge component. It does effect student achievement because the educational process gets interrupted. It also is a classroom safety concern. So we have to look at ways to where we can better handle those situations and get the help for those students who need it,” Lee said.

Even with this extra spending, the mill levy will stay flat for the upcoming school year.

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