With some adjustments made as it launches, the Post Pandemic Recovery Program at Brookfield Central School has started.
BCS Board of Education members received an update on the plan at last week’s meeting.
Principal Carrie Smith is working with the Response To Intervention team on what areas to address in the 2022-23 school year.
BCS is taking a more pro-active approach to providing special services, such as speech and physical therapy, to all students with the goal of reducing the need for special education services. This goal is also being addressed for RTI services.
Some work will be done this summer with faculty to look at reducing the number of students in special education and using community resources to assist them.
Raising the Banner to Greatness 4.0 will also be defined this summer with methods for next year. BCS did return to Project Based Learning this spring, with the goal of doing more hands-on learning across all curriculum areas next year.
From the work that has been completed thus far, it was determined students need additional support in several social-emotional areas. To help address student needs, BCS brought the following assemblies in April and May: The Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse and, Online Predators and Social Media Safety.
The District also established a partnership with the Madison County Rural Health Council. In June, MCRHC will be at BCS to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training to all faculty members who work predominantly with students in grades 7-12.
BCS recently became a partner district with the Positivity Project, a character education program that will compliment RTB 4.0 and assist students with building positive relationships and developing and intrinsic motivation to do well.
P2 will be introduced next year at the elementary level and will be a companion to the work 7th-12th grade students complete as a part of RTB 4.0.
As another part of leading the District through recovery, Superintendent Jim Plows will postpone his full retirement and stay on in 2022-23 on a part-time basis. This is one of three temporary administrative changes for next year.
Smith will be on special assignment leading the District through the various stages of the recovery plan.
Teacher Ron Pavlus will take over as the Interim Building Principal starting July 1. Pavlus has been with BCS faculty for more than 20 years.
Also at the meeting the Board reviewed the $7.6 million budget put to taxpayers for a vote May 17. The tax levy will increase 2 percent under this budget.