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$70,000 coming to San Bernardino elementary school to aid recovery after fatal shooting

By in Press Enterprise on July 23, 2017

By Staff Reports

SAN BERNARDINO >> North Park Elementary School is getting nearly $70,000 from federal education officials.

The grant is to help the school recover from the shooting in April that left a teacher and an 8-year-old student dead.

“We thank Congressman Pete Aguilar and our federal government for supporting the needs of the San Bernardino community,” San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden said in a news release. “As we prepare for a new school year, the generous grant will help us restore a positive learning environment at North Park Elementary School.”

SBCUSD was awarded the $69,651 grant from the Department of Education, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, announced Tuesday in a news release.

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Aguilar wrote a letter of support for the federal grant in June on behalf of the school district. The grant will come through the project School Emergency Response to Violence Grant Program.

The grant money will be used to reimburse administrative costs and services to support the recovery process at North Park. Some of the reimbursements include funds for ongoing counseling services, substitute teachers for affected staff, and services from the immediate response to the shooting.

The April 10 shooting claimed the life of longtime educator Karen Smith and one of her special needs students, Jonathan Martinez. Smith’s estranged husband, Cedric Anderson, 53, of Riverside, walked into her classroom and opened fire before killing himself. A second student, Nolan Brandy, was wounded.

“The horrific and senseless act of violence that took the lives of Karen and Jonathan devastated our community, and none more so than their families and North Park Elementary, which includes more than 500 students and nearly 50 faculty,” Aguilar said in the statement. “Sadly, our community is no stranger to tragedy, and […]    

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