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WATCH: Schuylkill County Commissioners Board Meeting – Nov. 22, 2023

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Watch the full video of the Schuylkill County Commissioners Board Meeting held on Nov. 22, 2023, the day before Thanksgiving.

It’s clear Commissioner Boots was in a big hurry to get out of there this day as he buzzed through the meeting agenda.

On the agenda (below the video) for this meeting were a host of contracts needing approval for Schuylkill County Children & Youth and a pair of contracts related to Schuylkill County Prison.


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  1. Val

    November 25, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Don’t blame a commissioner to be in a hurry to get out of there while another commissioner is already out of there, probably shopping for his turkey:)
    Here is a mystery of these public meetings in Schuylkill County: it seems that Schuylkill Children & Youth are busy bees of them all taking children from their biological parents and placing them to foster families. How does it correlate with a “fairly low crime rate” statement one commenter made?

    • Canary Commenter

      November 27, 2023 at 12:02 am

      We were just joking about the one Commissioner needing to get out of there in a hurry.
      On the other note, C&Y does have A LOT of contracts and business to bring before the Commissioners for approval. It’s comforting to know that, based on the Chairman’s average response, these are likely getting approved with no vetting on their part. They’re just taking C&Y’s word for it every time.

      • Val

        November 27, 2023 at 11:23 am

        That is exactly the problem: A LOT of contracts and “business”.
        However the arithmetic is a very stubborn thing. According to Pennsylvania DHS, Schuylkill C&Y reported 60 substantiated child abuse cases in 2022. 5 children per month were abused in Schuylkill County that year. I hope you will not argue with these statistics because C&Y reported the numbers itself. What happened with the abusers? Have they been arrested for sexual abuse, bodily insuries,serious physical neglect of children? Is police hiding this disturbing info from public? I would rather believe it’s Schuylkill C&Y’s shady “business” activities.

  2. Val

    November 26, 2023 at 11:45 am

    There are only two possible answers to this “mystery”: either Schuylkill police is uneffective catching those child abusers or Schuylkill Children & Youth is fabricating cases against parents for taxpayers’ money. Fyi, CYS can legally take away a child from parents and place a child to foster family on a basis of a serious child abuse ( sexual abuse, bodily insury, serious physical neglect), not a cat’s poop on a rug or dirty dishes in a sink. Pennsylvania Department of Human Services publishes its releases every year with statistics on each county.
    Schuylkill CYS’s financial activities need some serious investigation.

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