AASA Awards Mini-Grants to School Districts Across the Nation

James Minichello

Alexandria, Va. – January 14, 2022 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2022 Helping Kids Mini-Grants, a program funded by AASA, and supported by its government cooperative procurement partner, Sourcewell.

The program is designed to help meet the urgent equity, connectivity and virtual-learning needs of individual students and their families. More than $80,000 in funds have been distributed to 23 school districts across the country and have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to disaster relief.   

“As the nation’s premier organization serving public school districts and school district leadership, a fundamental pillar of our organization is to help school districts in crisis,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We thank Sourcewell for making this relief effort possible. This partnership speaks to the unparalleled commitment being made to school districts nationwide.”

“We know that the mini-grant program is making a positive impact on students, families and the communities in which these families live,” said Chad Coauette, CEO and executive director, Sourcewell. “As a longstanding partner with AASA, we are grateful to be able to play a small role in helping to establish stability on behalf of the honorees, especially in the uncertain times we’re currently in due the COVID pandemic.”

For 2022, the following school districts were chosen to receive the AASA/Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini-Grants. 

Ascension Public Schools
Donaldsonville, La.
Superintendent: David Alexander

Assumption Parish Schools 
Napoleonville, La. 
Superintendent: John Barthelemy

East Baton Rouge School System
Baton Rouge, La.
Superintendent: Sito Narcisse

Iberia Parish School District
New Iberia, La.
Superintendent: Cary Laviolette

Jefferson Parish Schools
Harvey, La.
Superintendent: James Gray

Lafourche Parish School District
Thibodaux, La.
Superintendent: Jarod Martin

Livingston Parish Public Schools
Livingston, La.
Superintendent: Joe Murphy

New Orleans Public Schools
New Orleans, La.
Superintendent: Henderson Lewis, Jr.

Plaquemines Parish Public Schools
Belle Chasse, La.
Superintendent: Denis Rousselle

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools
Chalmette, La.
Superintendent: Doris Voitier

St. Charles Parish Public Schools
Luling, La.
Superintendent: Ken Oertling

St. Helena Parish School District
Greensburg, La.
Superintendent: Kelli Joseph

St. James Parish Schools
Lutcher, La.
Superintendent: P. Edward Cancienne, Jr.

St. John The Baptist Parish Public Schools
Reserve, La.
Superintendent: Lynett Hookfin

St. Martin Parish School District
Breaux Bridge, La.
Superintendent: Al Blanchard

St. Mary Parish Public Schools
Centerville, La.
Superintendent: Teresa Bagwell

St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Covington, La.
Superintendent: Frank J. Jabbia

Tangipahoa Parish School System
Amite, La.
Superintendent: Melissa Martin Stilley

Terrebonne Parish School District
Houma, La.
Superintendent: Philip Martin

New York
Mamaroneck Union Free School District
Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Superintendent: Robert Shaps

Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District
Jasper, N.Y.
Superintendent: LeeAnne Jordan

Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District
Rye Brook, N.Y.
Superintendent: Aurelia L. Henriquez

Rome City School District
Rome, N.Y.
Superintendent: Peter Blake

Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell have worked together to create the mini-grant program. For additional questions, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

About Sourcewell
Sourcewell is a government agency providing K-12 schools volume contract pricing in multiple areas of procurement to include school supplies, technology, maintenance supplies and equipment, furniture and facility construction projects. Use Sourcewell’s group buying program to save time and money by choosing the products and services your schools need. Capture the power of 50,000 participating agencies using more than 400 suppliers on contract to purchase from local dealers, which streamlines the procurement process and supports the local economy. For more information, visit www.sourcewell-mn.gov/.