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FOR RELEASE: January 7, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

New Funding Announced for Safe and Drug-Free Schools Projects

Oklahoma school districts have an opportunity to apply for funding to create new or expand existing youth development programs that will help Oklahoma’s youth resist violent behavior and avoid alcohol and other drug use.

Using monies offered through Gov. Henry’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is making available a total of $800,000 to fund programs throughout the state. School districts, or contractors that provide services to school districts, may apply for up to $10,000 in funds, if they currently do not receive more than $17,000 from the state Department of Education’s Title IV monies for the district’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools program.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has issued an Invitation to Bid for the funds, which can be viewed on the state Department of Central Service’s Web site at www.dcs.state.ok.us . Once users have accessed this Web site, click on Procurement Services, ITBs/RFPs, Bid #3400000154. All bids must be received by the bid closing date and time: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, 10:30 a.m.

The federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act provides program funds to governors for a variety of drug and violence prevention activities focused primarily on school-age youths in their states. Programs funded through this process are designed to help communities create safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools that promote student academic achievement.

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