Starting next week, everyone connected to the Waterville Central School District will have a place to go for help.
Since March WCS has been a member of the Connected Community Schools program that originated at Rome City School District. Waterville was the first district to join as the program expanded, forming the Brothertown Connected Community branch.
It started in 2013 when the Rome Teachers Association heard about the program run by the American Federation of Teachers. A grant from AFT three years later helped start the program; American Federation of Teachers also provided the grant to allow Waterville and Dolgeville to join.
Connected Schools, soon to be renamed Community Alliance, coordinates students, families and individuals to services to help with their needs. Next week Waterville formally opens a place in the Junior-Senior High School to give the program a physical presence in the district.
The area will be called The Hub. “The hope is this becomes the hub of resources and support for students and families,’’ said Melissa Roys, executive director of Connected Community Schools. Roys is also a graduate of Waterville.
Roys and WCS Site Coordinator Olivia Tamburro, with help from the WCS…