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PSS to hire 3 psychologists for crisis counseling

PROJECT Serve’s extended federal grant will cover the cost of hiring three psychologists for Public School System students and staff affected by Typhoon Yutu.

In a report to the Board of Education, PSS federal programs officer Tim Thornburgh said: “We want to hire three psychologists to train our counselors to work with the students and the PSS staff. Part of the contract is for psychologists to provide counseling services.”

He said Project Serve usually covers the cost of additional vaccines for students or additional classrooms.

“But it can also cover the cost of counseling services. Students have been impacted. They lost their homes. They may have to attend different schools. It is a lot of change in their lives and they need counseling,” Thornburgh said.

The psychologists can also be deployed to Tinian and Rota, he added. “Rota may not have a big issue right now but you never know when the next storm is coming so get your staff trained in advance.”

In addition, Project Serve will pay for the costs of relocating students from Hopwood Middle School and Marianas High School to temporary sites.

About $1.2 million will be spent on the lease of temporary classrooms, providing bussing services for students, hiring psychologists and counseling services, Thornburgh said.