EDMONTON, Ky. (October 29, 2021) – The Metcalfe County Board of Education has hired two mental health counselors. Heidi Coleman and Sherry Phelps will start serving students and staff on Monday, November 1.
The board created the new positions with the district’s ARP ESSERS III funds. The American Rescue Plan Act provides money to the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund.
In July, the school district sent a survey to students, staff, parents, community members, and other stakeholders asking for suggestions on how to allocate federal funds. The top two priorities were addressing learning loss and supporting mental health.
Superintendent Josh Hurt said daily access to a mental health counselor is a critical step in helping our students and staff move past the pandemic. “COVID has affected all aspects of our educational process,” Hurt said. “We’ve had to find new ways to teach and new ways to learn, which has taken a toll on our students and staff. We want to make sure we provide everyone at Metcalfe County Schools with the resources they need to support their mental, social, and emotional health.”
A search committee considered many qualified applicants before selecting Coleman and Phelps. Both are graduates of Metcalfe County High School.
Coleman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has spent the past five years with Rivendell Behavioral Health Hospital. Phelps graduated from WKU with a degree in social work and has devoted more than 15-years to the social service field.
Phelps will work primarily at the elementary school, while Coleman will work at the middle and high schools.