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Surry County Schools Receives Five-Year School Climate Transformation Grant from the US Department of Education for $3,722,612


Tracey H. Lewis, Ed.D.

Director of Communications

P.O. Box 364

Dobson, North Carolina  27017

336/386-8211  Cell:  336/401-1873 

Fax:  336/386-4756




For Immediate Release

October 22, 2019


Surry County Schools Receives Five-Year School Climate Transformation Grant from

the US Department of Education for $3,722,612


Dobson, NC – Surry County Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $3,722,612 School Climate Transformation Grant-LEA funded 100% with federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant will serve all 7,600 K-12 Surry County School System students across all 19 schools.


During the five-year grant, CARE: Climate and Relationships that Encourage will focus on a whole-district immersion approach to a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) that transforms our K-12 school climates into supportive academic, disciplinary, and safe physical environments characterized by respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community.


The CARE model has four overarching goals: 1) Improve school climate for rural, high-need K-12 schools through the implementation of MTSS using evidence-based practices to enhance systems of support; 2) Provide educator development and technical assistance to schools that empower the high-quality implementation of MTSS with fidelity; 3) Develop student skills as informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals, leaders of self, and citizens; and 4) Design a high-quality approach that leads to the prevention of opioid abuse by students and support for students impacted by family addiction.


Our expected outcomes include positive, safe learning environments that ensure a high-quality education; development of student skills as informed, thoughtful and productive individuals and citizens; high-quality plan for opioid abuse prevention and mitigation; implementation of MTSS with fidelity; and decreases in suspensions and expulsions related to possession or use of alcohol or other drugs.


Without the support of many program partners, CARE, would not be possible: Center for Creative Leadership, Children’s Center of Northwest North Carolina, Daymark Recovery Services, Easter Seals, Insight Human Services, Opioid Response Council, PARTNERS Behavioral Health Management, Pinnacle Therapeutic Services, Surry County Department of Juvenile Justice, Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, and Turning Point Family Services.


Dr. Travis L. Reeves, Superintendent of Surry County Schools stated, “This five-year School Climate Transformation Grant is a tremendous opportunity for our school system.  The federal funding will enable us to work on developing and providing increased support where students need it most.  It also coincides with the work we are doing with the Center for Creative Leadership by integrating our Leadership Framework as part of the culture of Surry County Schools.”  Surry County Schools is implementing a district-wide leadership framework that will be fully operational in the 2020-2021 school year.  “I want to thank Dr. Jill Reinhardt, Associate Superintendent of Surry County Schools, for her hard work and effort on this grant.  I also want to thank the numerous business and community partners for their support of this great work.  Surry County is a great community where everyone is willing to come together for the benefit of students.  Partnerships like this demonstrate that the entire community is supportive of students’ academic, physical, social, and emotional learning.”