Once again, Crestview Local Schools and Lincolnview Local Schools have joined together in a two-year pilot program sponsored in part by Tri-County Mental Health to share a licensed social worker within both districts. Jennifer Daugherty, a resident of Van Wert County, whose services will be purchased through Western Buckeye Educational Service Center, has been selected for this new position and will begin her responsibilities on November 1. “I am excited to serve both school districts and their respective communities. This type of work is important to me,” comments Daugherty.
Last year, both districts added full-time School Resource Officers in their buildings through agreements with the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, and now wrap-around services for students and families are being expanded to include a shared licensed social worker. “Data gathered from our guidance counselors, school nurse, building principals, and teachers all point to the fact that the social and emotional needs of students are increasing; left unattended, these needs are barriers to learning. The ability to better assess these needs, to enhance communication with families, and to make the appropriate connections for services within the community can make a difference,” states Crestview Superintendent Kathy Mollenkopf. Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder agrees with Mollenkopf and adds, “Much research, effort, and thought has occurred as a precursor to this new endeavor. We are very excited to have someone on board who can work with teachers, students, & families, and also reach out to our local agencies in Van Wert County. It has taken some time and planning; however, we are ready to begin this new opportunity together.”
Western Buckeye ESC Superintendent Dave Bagley, Crestview Superintendent Kathy Mollenkopf and Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder welcome Jennifer Daugherty to her new position as social worker for both schools.