2016 School policy changes include updates on bullying

Deputy Superintendent Gina Mikalicka and Cathy Dofka, Director of Exceptional Student Support Services, and JoAnn Forcino, Supervisor of Student Services, presented the district’s Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy, and the Special Policies and Procedures which addresses the needs of exceptional students. Dofka explained some of the changes were a result of direction from the State’s Department of Education, along with input from the district’s cabinet-level directors.

Alternatives to restraining students

The school district typically updates policies in accordance with changes in the legislation or to follow requirements from the DOE. With regard to interventions, the district is also required to provide the number of restraints used and compare them with the previous years. According to information provided to the board members, in 2013-2014 there were 4 incidents involving restraints. These were limited to a residential facility. In 2014-2015, there were 19 incidents, with 16 incidents occurring at schools, and only 3 at a residential facility.

Informal school board meeting focuses on Hermine response, election and upcoming legislation

The Informal School Board Meeting is a time for board members to discuss concerns with one another that are not necessarily brought to the regular board meeting. This week’s meeting touched on thankfulness for staff who pulled together during Hurricane Hermine, the recent election, and proposals for the legislature.

Brooksville local joins Teach for America


Nicholas Casorio has been selected to join the nonprofit’s 2016 teaching corps.

NEW YORK —Teach For America announced that Brooksville local Nicholas Casorio has been selected to join the nonprofit’s 2016 teaching corps.

Teach For America is a nationwide organization that recruits talented and committed graduates and professionals to teach students in high need classrooms over a two-year commitment. As leaders in the classroom, Teach For America corps members make an immediate impact on lives of their students. After their time with Teach For America, most of the corps members continue their promising trajectory as leaders in many different fields.

School district menus go digital

photo by Douglas P Perkins

“The number one reason students don’t eat in cafeterias,” said Tommy Wafford, “is the wait time in line.” Meal Viewer makes that time more enjoyable for students, Wafford explained. Meal Viewer is a digital signage product that can be coordinated with twitter feeds and surveys. It displays the current menu, which includes nutritional and allergen information. It can also show school related videos. Updating the menu is seamless and can be done quickly. The school board approved capital outlay of $200,000 to implement the digital signage and software in middle and high schools.