The Roland-Story school board in December approved a contract for mental health services. Okerberg and Associates will be providing school-based mental health services to the Roland-Story school district for a 22-week period.

The agency will provide eight hours of school-based therapy services to Roland-Story students and their families each week. The services will include mental health assessments, therapy and referral to other services and resources.

Services will be available at all three school buildings.

The school district’s cost for the services will be $8,800, and will be covered by federal funding.

“The federal funding (Title IV, Part A) for this partnership is possible through the Every School Succeeds Act passed in 2015,” said Superintendent Matt Patton. “This format and pay rate will work well with our $10,000 budget for this school year.”

In December, the school board also voted to request funds for at-risk and dropout prevention. Roland-Story is requesting $246,000 from the state to support this program.

“Each year the state allows districts to request funds for programs and personnel that work directly to support keeping at-risk students connected to school and progressing academically toward graduation,” Patton said.

The overall goal of the program is to prevent these students from dropping out of school.

“Roland-Story has requested these funds for over a decade, and they help pay the salaries of our three guidance counselors and several teachers throughout the district,” Patton said.

These funds will be included in the school district’s 2019-2020 budget, which will be approved in April.