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Chartiers Valley aims to improve student services

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Chartiers Valley School District leaders hope that a new agreement with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services will help the district provide better services to students.

Of the nearly 30,000 residents living within district boundaries, nearly 4 percent are involved with at least one human service — including students, officials said.

“On a district-wide level, for example, they would be able to tell us, ‘You have a lot of students accessing the mental health system — a percentage higher than other schools,'” Superintendent Brian White said.

Information on individual cases cannot, by law, be shared by the county.

The board last week approved a memorandum of understanding with the county human services department that will allow the two to share information regarding the district's population. The collaboration can help guide the programs that the district offers, White said.

“This might help us decide to put a social worker in the school or not put a social worker in the school,” he said. “It might help us decide whether to have counselors in the district and how to use them. Part of it is trying to collaborate to be more efficient.”

In other business, school board on Sept. 24 approved a proposal from Staley's Communications for the first phase of a three-phase communications system project.

The project is a replacement plan for the district's handheld radios, which are used by campus safety, school resource officers and principals.

The proposal includes 25 Motorola radios and the installation of a new antenna and repeaters at the high school and intermediate schools. The proposed cost of Phase I is $26,118.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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