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Marietta, OH: Board member: 'We are overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of these kids.'

Dec 2, 2017, The Marietta (OH) Times: School district numbers show growth of poverty http://www.mariettatimes.com/news/2017/12/school-district-numbers-show-growth-of-poverty/ Perception-wise, we don’t notice a decrease in poverty, maybe because it didn’t decrease that much,” she said. “I don’t see a decrease in poverty and need, what I see is an increase in need, the social, emotional and behavioral needs of kids. We are overwhelmed trying to meet the needs of these kids.” She said symptoms usually tied to poverty can arise from other influences: social changes, the drug crisis, the breakdown of the traditional family.... “We’ve passed a mental health levy, we’re pursuing grants, these issues are getting more state and national attention, but we need to recognize that for a decade we reduced that support,” she said.