The Donegal school board approved the hiring of a second social worker for the district.
The board decided at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, to hire a social worker in lieu of hiring another School Resource Officer, School Police Officer, School Security Guard or psychologist.
The board had voted to hire a second SRO at its May meeting, after current SRO Scott Nye explained his job duties to the board.
But at the August meeting, Superintendent Dr. J. Michael Lausch told the board he had spoken with Susquehanna Regional Police Department Chief Ed Haugh, who said thedepartment was trying to fill two officer vacancies, so there was no officer they could give to the district.
Lausch told the board he recently spoke with Nye, who told him he did not think it was necessary to hire a security guard and that he would be more comfortable with the hiring of an additional SRO.
The superintendent said another route they could take would be to hire a second social worker for the district.
He said the current social worker’s caseload continues to grow, and she is over-extended. Lausch said the unnamed social worker had already helped 215 students and their families in 2018.
A motion was made to hire another social worker. It passed 8 to 1, with the sole “no” vote coming from board Vice President Tim Markovits.
Lausch said after the meeting there is $75,000 budgeted for an SRO, which will be used to fund the hiring of the social worker. He said the pay rate would be based on experience and education, and the kposition would be on the teacher track.
Also at the meeting, the Donegal Athletic Club Memorial Wall nominees were approved by the board. The nominees are John Weidman and Oliver C. Overlander II.
The next meeting of the Donegal School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1055 Koser Road, Mount Joy.