The Minnesota school district where a student last month killed seven people missed $75,000 in federal aid for mental health and conflict resolution because of a missing signature on a grant application, the Associated Press reports. The Education Department rejected the application because one of three school districts applying had its business manager, rather than its superintendent, sign the paperwork.
Red Lake School Board member Kathryn Beaulieu said of the denial, “That’s pretty sad. That’s pretty lame.” William Modzeleski, the Education Department’s associate deputy undersecretary, said that requiring a superintendent’s signature was not a minor item. “If you don’t have the proper signatures, the likelihood of getting people to do things they say drops dramatically,” he said.