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New Greensburg Salem volunteers will require clearance

| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

People who would like to volunteer for Greensburg Salem School District activities will need to complete an online background check and pay for it.

The school board has approved a process where potential volunteers would be checked through the National Center for Safety Initiatives at a cost of $26.25.

“It would be anyone interacting with children,” Ashley Nestor, coordinator of elementary education, said.

Those volunteers with currently approved governmental clearances are exempt.

She told the school board last month that she examined other reporting systems and they would have cost volunteers twice as much or even more.

District officials are ironing out some final details before sending out a letter about the background checks to parents.

The letter will include a question-and-answer section, Nestor said.

Applying for a clearance should take only a few minutes, officials said.

Potential volunteers would go directly to the safety initiatives' website:

They would then enter basic geographic information.

They can pay for the check immediately by credit card.

District officials are working out provisions for anyone who would like to pay by cash, Nestor said.

After the information is submitted, the turnaround time for confirmation generally takes 10 business days, officials said.

The district is notified about who submits information.

The district further can monitor the checks both at the building and district levels.

District officials are deciding how often volunteers will need to do the checks.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or