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Article published March 11, 2013

Seneca alert system to save more than $7,000

Jared Stonesifer
Cranberry Eagle

JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley School District will save more than $7,000 annually after the school board Monday night approved a three-year agreement for a new alert system.

The new system, called SchoolMessenger, will send out automated phone calls, text messages and e-mails to students, staff and parents in the event of emergencies or inclement weather.
The new system will start next school year and replaces the current AlertNow program, which has been in place for the past five years at Seneca Valley.
Board officials said the SchoolMessenger system costs $1.50 per student, or nearly $11,000 per year for the school district.
Officials also said the new system provides an upgrade from the current AlertNow program by offering more options and features for school officials.
“So basically it’s a better product for less money,” said board member Eric DiTullio.