Board OKs expectations for plan

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District’s Board of Education has set up a list of expectations for its new behavior program.

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program is a research-based approach for schools and districts that teaches positive behavior to all students, especially those who have exhibited challenging behavior in the past.

District leaders have said they are confident reducing suspensions and increasing student attendance through the PBIS program and other district initiatives will result in better outcomes for students.

According to a document on the expectations – approved by the board its meeting Tuesday – the district will commit to support the program for a minimum of 3 to 5 years, while establishing a leadership team to plan, analyze, review and monitor PBIS activities.

The district will also need to develop and execute a plan to implement PBIS in the school buildings and to amend current policies to conform with the plan.

Behavior Specialist Tori Jacobson will train the schools, participate in team meetings, provide on-site technical assistance to district PBIS teams as well as collect, analyze and review discipline and implementation data.

Board of Education President Richard Carlson said the agreement just set expectations for what the district wanted to see from the program.

According to Steve Schloicka, assistant superintendent for business, teachers have already gone through a two-day training about the program with HFM BOCES. He said in September he hopes to see the full implementation of the program by the end of this year.

“This isn’t just a one-year process; this [might lead] to a three- to four-year process before we see any real, positive effects on our kids and our staff,” Schloicka said.