More mental health services needed, school officials say at KASB/USA-Kansas Fall Regional Tour

School leaders say more mental health services are needed for their students, but they also say each district needs to put together its own plan.

More than 30 school board members and administrators met Tuesday in Garden City as part of the KASB/USA-Kansas Fall Regional Tour.

The focus of the meetings has been on school safety.

When asked what advocates should seek when the Legislature convenes the 2019 session in January, school officials said they need increased funding to hire more counselors and therapists and early childhood programs.

The meetings have provided opportunities for school officials to share information and ideas.

When the tour ends, KASB will put together a report that outlines suggestions and recommendations from across the state.

The tour continues Wednesday in Colby and concludes Thursday in Beloit. In addition to Garden City, meetings have been held in Manhattan, McPherson, Emporia, Lawrence, Greenbush, Haysville and Pratt.

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