Grant could aid enviro-education

Be prepared.

While that is the Boy Scout motto, it is also the message sent by the Warren County School District as they seek to bring in emergency preparedness training, in conjunction with local emergency services, to a professional development day in January.

The Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee of the school board has approved a proposal from administration to contract with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for a training slated for Jan. 28.

Interim Director of Pupil Services Ruth Nelson said that the presenter, Don Smith, has, “quite a biography,” having served as an EMT and as a police officer but also as a high school teacher, dean of students and central office administrator.

“He was a phenomenal speaker when I heard him in Pittsburgh,” she said.

Nelson said it has been “some years” since we had training for our principals and also said that (County Emergency Managment Director) Todd Lake is “on board” for bringing first responders in to participate in the training.

The event is slated to correspond with a professional development day, allowing not only teachers and administrators but secretaries and custodians to participate.

The terms of the contract, which is still subject to approval by the full board next month, stipulates that the cost of the half day training will be $550 with the district also responsible for reimbursing the IU staff at. “training plus travel time at $60 per hour”. as well as travel expenses.