SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Interviews will be scheduled in the near future for a mental health coordinator position which will benefit Spring Valley, Elmwood and Plum City school districts.

Spring Valley School District received grant monies this summer through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to expand mental health services.

“The grant was initially denied, but when the state's budget was finalized, additional money was designated for mental health services and our grant was funded,” Spring Valley Superintendent Dr. Don Haack said in an email interview.

The grant, arranged on behalf of the districts by Pierce County Family Living Educator Kari Weiss, will provide full-time salary and benefits for the coordinator for two years.

“We try to work with neighboring school districts on projects like these where it makes sense to share,” Haack said.

The coordinator’s duties will include managing mental health systems, connecting with outside agencies and serving as a resourceful consultant for students to help “break down barriers that impede ... learning,” according to the official job posting.

Those with a Wisconsin School License were encouraged to apply as well as those who had experience working with people on accessing mental health services and in a school environment.

Spring Valley school district closed the application Aug. 12.

The chosen candidate will start duties on Sept. 1.