PLUM (KDKA) — The Plum School Board met for the first time Tuesday night since a grand jury began investigating alleged inappropriate sexual relationships between teachers and students at the high school.
Members of the board said they are trying to do everything they can to prevent any future incidents.
The school board is taking a proactive stance by re-instituting a Safety and Security Committee that dissolved back in 2008. There is no better time, according to board members, to get it back on track.
“What my hope would be is that we would be expanding the scope and the authority of this so that we could actively get involved and insure, insure that there would be no breach of that with any of the social media,” said Tom McGough, a school board member.
Web-based communications between staff and students would be just one component of a broad safety and security initiative.
KDKA’s Kym Gable: “In terms of what’s going on now with the investigation, that could help in a case like this?
“I think so,” said Loretta White, a school board member. “And I think it’s about time that we re-instituted it, and I am very hopeful.”
The superintendent declined comment on the ongoing investigations, but did release this letter on the school district’s website.
McGough went on to say that in his time on the board, there has never been a bigger challenge.
“We’ve had counseling and to really try to deal with the situation to the victims of this, to try to work with those that were directly involved that are still impacted by this, and again, to try to not be diverted from our goals,” said McGough.
The goal is educating the students of the district. There will be 300 of them graduating next week.
McGough also said that he is saddened and heartbroken that the scandal has overshadowed a lot of their hard work.