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Spring Cove to get social worker job

ROARING SPRING — The Spring Cove School Board unanimously approved the creation of a full-time school social worker position Monday evening.

The position will meet the requirements of a mental health grant the district had received and worked into its budget, Superintendent Betsy Baker said.

“It’s another level of support that we’ve talked about for years,” board member Amy Acker-Knisely said in support of the position’s creation.

The grant will pay for the social worker position over a two-year period.

“We don’t know if they will renew that money,” Baker said about the grant. “We pretty much have to assume that they won’t.”

However, Baker said that there were a few things the district could look at in order to retain the position if the grant isn’t renewed, such as contracting it out.

In other matters, the board also approved a one-time $1,000 bonus for the district’s food service staff through an addendum to the food service management agreement between it and Metz Culinary Management. The payment is a part of the COVID-related retention and recruitment bonuses the board approved at its meeting last week.

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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