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The Nogales Unified School District was awarded grants to continue funding its two school resource officers and add three elementary-level counselor or social worker positions.

“Our challenge now is to attract and recruit the school counselors and/or school social workers,” NUSD Human Resource Director Mayra Zuniga said in a news release, noting that the jobs require a state certification as a school counselor or school social worker, as well as an advanced degree in counseling, psychology or social work.

The funding comes in the form of five grants from the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Expansion program, and Superintendent Fernando Parra said NUSD is “very grateful” for the awards, which are worth more than $930,000 over a three-year cycle.

NUSD was awarded two school resource officer (SRO) positions during the last two three-year cycles, one at Nogales High School and the other at Wade Carpenter Middle School. According to NUSD, the SRO’s are members of the Nogales Police Department and provide law-related education to students, staff, parents and the community, while also serving as a link between the district and NPD.

Once hired, the new school counselors and/or social workers will work at two of the six elementary schools, providing emotional and social support for students.

“We are looking forward to adding the school counselors and/or social workers to our district,” Parra said. “NUSD is a great place to work and we believe these positions will serve to enhance our great services.”

To learn more about the jobs or to apply, go to nusd.k12.az.us or call (520) 397-7902 or (520) 397-7937.

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