Jefferson Elementary School 1 of 3 ND Schools Selected as a Demonstration Site of a Full-Service Community Schools Model


The North Dakota Full Service Community Schools Consortium, comprised of representatives from PATH, Mid-Dakota and Missouri River Education Cooperative, and South East Education Cooperative, was awarded nearly $2.5 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education to support select North Dakota schools for implementing a full-service community schools model.  School leaders from Jefferson Elementary (Fargo Public Schools), Mary Stark Elementary (Mandan Public Schools), and Washington Elementary (Minot Public Schools) will work together over the course of the next five years to innovate current support services while serving as a demonstration site for additional schools.

“The funds awarded to the North Dakota Full Service Community Schools Consortium will in turn allow Jefferson Elementary School additional financial resources to explore a sustainable approach to expanding and innovating the services we provide for children and families,” remarked Brad Franklin, Principal of Jefferson Elementary School.

The goal of the North Dakota Full Service Community Schools Consortium is to enhance system readiness for future North Dakota schools to become full-service community schools.  With the funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the consortium will support schools to provide comprehensive academic, social-emotional, physical and behavioral health services for students, families, and communities.