TASD learns Pyramid Healthcare has automatic renewal clause

At the work session of the Tyrone Area School Board of Directors on Tuesday, the school administration reported to the school board that the contract with Pyramid Healthcare to place students from the Tyrone Area School District at Greentree Village has an automatic renewal unless one of the parties has a problem. With the Tyrone school district not having a problem, the contract will renew for the 2003-04 school year.
“We feel things went well,” said Tyrone assistant superintendent Joann Lang. “We got off to a rough start, but once we got students placed and the protocol worked out, things went pretty smooth.”
During the day, a typical student at Greentree Village will go through four, 40-minute classes consisting of social studies, English, math and science. Counselors are part of the classroom setting to be available to provide therapy if needed. In the afternoon, the students are broken into groups for group therapy or experience based therapy.
“We had 36 students of our district in and out of the program at Greentree Village,” said Lang. “We are expecting 12 students to return to the school this year. We are working with Pyramid to have a transition plan in place and work on doing a better job with them here.”
The interaction with parents is one of the bright spots of the program.
“Pyramid uses our facilities for parenting classes,” said Lang. “We are looking at providing a social worker to work with the students and families at home.”
Greentree Village provides a structured environment for the children.
“There is a psychiatrist on hand to work with the students,” said Lang. “They get intensive therapy to help them work on their issues. There is more one-on-one contact and it gives the students a chance to vent and also learn how to handle a crisis in their life and also work through issues with parental involvement.”
The wholistic therapy program is what impresses Lang the most.
“These children learn that actions can be rewarded or have consequences,” said Lang. “They earn privileges with good behavior to things like Penn State Basketball games and things like that. These are things that some of these kids would never have the opportunity to see. We feel this is a good program.”