By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada County School Board on Tuesday gave its approval to a pilot intervention discipline program and instituted an award in honor of a late member.
This year the district tried out a program called Pathways. Students with discipline problems in grades four through eight weren’t sent to the alternative school but were allowed to take classes from subject-area teachers on site.
“We believe this program is very effective, especially as an alternative to expulsion or suspension,” said Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault.
“We generally don’t place students from the upper elementary to the alternative school, only in rare cases, but as far as the middle school, this program has drastically cut down on the number of students we’ve placed,” said Assistant Superintendent Tim Wilder.
The benefit of Pathways, according to Daigneault, is twofold: First, it keeps students who demonstrate discipline problems on-site, rather than placing them at the alternative school. Second, it ensures that those students are getting instruction from teachers who specialize in their subject area.
“We believe this program is accomplishing some good things, and we believe it could be useful throughout the district,” said Daigneault.
The board voted unanimously to implement Pathways throughout the district. District Two School Board Member Dr. David Braswell made the motion to implement Pathways, seconded by District Three Member Arlene Conley. The vote was unanimous.
Starting this year, a graduating senior will be honored with an award in the name of deceased school board member James Hughes.
Hughes, who died in November, served 23 years on the school board.
“This award will honor a student who works hard and gives back to the community, like Mr. Hughes,” said Daigneault. “It will recognize a student who promotes good citizenship in Grenada.”
Hughes’ wife, Marjorie, was appointed by the board in November to finish his unexpired term.
Conley made the motion to institute the award, seconded by Hughes. The vote was unanimous.
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