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Allentown school board hears $1.4M middle school violence prevention plan

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – At its bimonthly meeting Thursday night, the Allentown Board of School Directors was presented with an initiative designed to drastically reduce violent incidents among its middle school population.

Allentown School District Director of Student Services Tiffany Polek speaks to school board members about a plan proposed to reduce violent incidents at Raub Middle School. Courtesy WFMZ-TV

The plan, known as the "Youth Violence Prevention Project," is a joint effort among the district, Valley Youth House, Justice Collaborative, Shanthi Project, United Way, and Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley to provide behavioral health services to at-risk students.

If approved, the plan will authorize $1,386,389 in total funding to enact this program at Allentown's Raub Middle School over the next two years, according to district Director of Student Services Tiffany Polek.

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