Freeport Area to report on school safety and security this month
Freeport Area School District hopes to have a report on school safety and security this month.
Superintendent Christopher DeVivo said on Wednesday night that he had hoped to have a report ready by late September, but findings are being delayed by the possibility that money could be available to help implement programs.
Officials did not specify the possible source.
School board member Mark Shoaf suggested that the school district adopt measures similar to what's being employed in Texas and New Jersey, where teachers are trained to recognize students with mental health issues and intervention could take place.
Shoaf will talk to state officials in Harrisburg to see whether Pennsylvania can adopt proactive positions on the issue.
“Maybe we could make this part of teachers' in-service training and help them to even recognize students who might be suicidal,” Shoaf said. “I hope our administration takes this into account.”
School board President Daniel Lucovich said a “ton of ideas are coming in daily” and a safety committee may be appointed soon.
In other business
• The school board hired Stacey Straub as a teacher, effective Oct. 23, with a starting salary of $35,000 a year, prorated for days she works during the 2013-14 year.
She will teach biology when she starts on Oct. 23.
• The school district looks to use teacher David DiSanti's classes as a pilot program for students to bring their own technology devices in as classroom aides.
Officials said the district declined to make it a districtwide pilot program, citing what they said were other districts' negative experiences with large bring-your-own-device programs.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
More Valley News Dispatch
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.