To address the mental health issues students have after two years in a pandemic, Waterville Central School District has hired a second social worker.
At last week’s WCS Board of Education meeting, Board members approved the hiring of Kara Harvey. Harvey had been working in the District four days a week through OHM BOCES, but will be a District employee working five days a week.
WCS Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Spring said federal funds provided to help schools recover from the pandemic will pay for Harvey’s position through June 30, 2024. “We had no coverage on Fridays and that was a hardship,’’ Spring said.
Harvey will continue to work at the Junior-Senior High. Another full-time social worker is assigned to Memorial Park School.
WCS has used about $1 million of its federal aid to address the mental, emotional and physical well-being of students, with the bulk of that, $600,000, going to the new School-Based Health Center. Other funds are being allocated for a Mentoring program that begins this month.
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