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Sad statistics

Published July 07. 2011 05:01PM

The Schuylkill County commissioners called the report submitted by Children and Youth Services Agency "heartbreaking," when it was reported 45 children entered placements during the second quarter of the fiscal year.

Lisa Stevens gave the quarterly report at Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville. She said of the 45 children entering placement, four entered because of the child's uncontrollable behavior or emotional problems, six because of inadequate housing, 14 because of delinquency, five because of drug and alcohol problems of the parents, four due to parents' mental health issues, three due to the parents being uncooperative and four due to issues resulting from child abuse.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, which was the end of the second quarter, there were 2,238 children that were receiving services. Of these children, 258 were in placement on the last day of the quarter and 1,980 were receiving home services. Of the total number of children receiving services at the end of the second quarter, 88 percent had the benefit of in-home services.

The first two quarters expenditures were $8,004,312, or 36 percent of the budget. The daily placement cost per child was $107.77. The agency receives the largest grant from the state, followed by the county and federal government. The total income in 2010 was, state, $8,988.329; county, $2,783,160 and federal, $3,781,978.

Relocate tower

An agreement was approved on behalf of the 9-1-1 center with Cellco Partners, doing business as Verizon Wireless of Basking Ridge, N.J., for a relocation agreement for point-to-point microwave fixed services from SR309 tower in West Penn Township to the Burma Road tower in Blythe Township. Also a maintenance agreement was renewed with Kova Corporation, Little Egg Harbor, N.J., for a recording system which records telephone and radio calls received at the 9-1-1 center.

The commissioners also reviewed many service agreements and contracts for its various agencies which will be acted on at next Wednesday's public meeting.

The Schuylkill County Retirement Board and the prison board will hold their meetings next week following the commissioners' meeting.

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