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McKeesport workshop focuses on summer programs, policy updates

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:41 a.m.

McKeesport Area school directors discussed approving summer camps and programs and updating two board policies at a workshop meeting on Wednesday.

The board plans to approve six upcoming camps and have the first readings of policies for the use of school facilities and transportation video/audio monitoring at next Wednesday's regular meeting.

Camps include YUSTA summer camp , a reading and math-based program for fourth- through sixth-graders; Extended School Year, a program for special education and life skills students in all grades to help prevent their progress from being lost during the summer break; a high school summer school program through the YMCA of McKeesport.

Also Camp Invention, a specified science program for third- through seventh-graders; a credit recovery program for grades 10-12; and a summer literacy program for all students and their parents or guardians.

All camps except for summer literacy will be at the high school because of Founders' Hall construction, Assistant Superintendent Harry Bauman said. The summer literacy program will be available at various locations within the McKeesport area.

Bauman said the credit recovery program is an opportunity for students who may have fallen behind to make up courses and not drop out.

“It's a real important piece to making sure our students here are successful,” he said.

District director of administrative services James Humanic said the transportation video/audio monitoring policy is being updated so the district can use audio-recording equipment attached to the cameras on school buses.

Bauman said the use of school facilities policy is being altered to better define different categories of groups that use district assets. He said changes are being made to encourage the use of facilities while at the same time charging a fair cost.

These are only the first readings of the policies. Their formal adoption is planned for next month.

School directors plan to approve the $29,279 purchase of a maintenance vehicle from Day Ford Inc. through the Central Westmoreland Council of Governments Cooperative Purchasing Program.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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