Director of Student Services Dr. Rochelle Clark says the district leadership team had hoped that the implementation of PBIS would cut down on student disciplinary action by 25% during its first year, but the program outperformed expectations and cut down on disciplinary action by 27%.
Clark said PBIS relies on feedback from administration and teachers, which allows the program to adjust on the fly.
Clark says looking towards year two of the program, the district leadership team wants to get more involved with the individual schools within the district and have more interaction with students and parents.
The Macon-Piatt Special Education District will be looking forward to the end of August, as the School Board has set an open meeting to discuss the budget for August 27th.
The District serves 13 school districts across central Illinois and is made up of 68 schools total.
Kathy Massey, Director of the Special Education District presented a temporary budget of just over 26.5 million dollars, down 4.1% from the last school year.
Massey said the decreased budget came as a result of lower expected attendance, as well as the loss of 15 staff members. Massey said their goal was to decrease the budget by 5%; but with nearly 18 million dollars of it wrapped up in staff members, it’s difficult to do so.