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Water line break repaired, environmental testing completed
No dangerous levels of mold or other contaminants were detected after a water-line broke at East Allegheny Junior-Senior High School, the district’s superintendent told the school board this month.
Sub-zero temperatures over the winter break caused a pipe to break on the second floor, causing significant damage to the second-floor science wing.
School Superintendent Alan Johnson said that after consulting with the district’s environmental and disaster recovery experts, there were no reports of dangerous mold levels or other contaminants.
Environmental specialists were required to conduct additional testing for other toxins for another week, he said, before students could resume in-person classes.
In other business:
Johnson reported that Allegheny County sent a notice announcing the selection of the provider that will operate a behavioral health clinic to be established at Logan Elementary. The provider will be Every Child, Inc.
Every Child, Inc. offers community school-based behavioral health services that deliver voluntary mental health services for children and teens, EA officials said. They teach new ways to help children better manage their feelings and behaviors to function better in school, at home or in the community.
Every Child, Inc. provides a similar service for South Allegheny School District. Johnson said he expects the behavioral health clinic to be established within two or three months.
Zach Garcia, a substitute teacher at Logan Elementary, reported that the Community Collective is now operating an after-school program for pupils in kindergarten through sixth-grade between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. The Community Collective is a nonprofit community center located at Broadway Avenue in East McKeesport.
The after-school program is structured to help with tutoring and homework, provide snacks, play games, and receive help on combating adverse childhood experiences. Garcia requested approval so students could be transported or bussed to the location because specific children may benefit from the program.
The budget and dinance committee discussed three proposals from security system companies to install cameras, alarms, and door access systems. Johnson Controls was the lowest bid among the proposals.
The buildings and grounds committee discussed a request for the soccer team to schedule the use of the football stadium.
The next EA school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.
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Originally published January 20, 2023.