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East Allegheny to pursue funding for drug prevention program

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:56 a.m.

East Allegheny School District directors have a variety of programs to consider at their monthly board meeting Monday.

Among them is the pursuit of funding from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado at Boulder to implement an evidence-based LifeSkills Training drug prevention program at Logan Middle School.

School psychologist and district director of special education Joseph Howell said the program would focus on students in grades 6-8 and provide faculty training, materials and support for three to five years.

“It is a general curriculum initiative,” he told the board at this week's agenda workshop. It would come at no cost to the district, but Howell said “if you bought it” the cost would be $7,800 per class per year.

The board also took a first look at proposals by ASCC Inc. of Cranberry Township to overhaul video surveillance systems at Logan for $41,139.53 and intercom systems district-wide but primarily at the high school and Green Valley Primary School for $52,500.

It was not known how the district would pay for those proposals, but the matter is not on the agenda for Monday.

Business manager Toni Valicenti said an outright purchase would have to be budgeted for 2013-14, but the proposal also includes ways to lease the equipment for up to five years and take ownership after that lease.

As proposed by Navitas Lease Corp., for the intercom overhaul the district could agree to monthly payments from $1,071 for fair market value over 60 months to $4,677.75 for what is termed a $1 purchase or “dollar out” lease over 12 months. The “dollar out” lease usually indicates that a purchaser will own an item at the end of the lease agreement.

For the video equipment, a lease could range from $851.59 a month at fair market value for 60 months to $3,686.10 a month for a “dollar out” lease for a year.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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