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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.

Based on our community conversation with our constituents last March and continued discussions with teachers, staff, students, administrators and parents, the school board has supported me in implementing new initiatives to promote safety and a healthy and safe school environment.

This year we are adding a security guard to Jefferson and Rock Creek Elementary schools. We continue to work with the Jefferson Police Department to have Tim Blon serve as our Junior and senior high school Resource Officer. As a result, each of our buildings will have a security person in the building assist our secretaries and principals monitor our building and grounds while school is in session.

Additionally, parents and community members have expressed the willingness to support a special fundraising drive to purchase classroom door barricade mechanisms for additional security. More information about this campaign will be forthcoming shortly.

Another topic that had support from individuals who attended our community conversation was providing emotional and social support for our students and maintaining a safe and secure school environment. As a result, this school year we are beginning the work needed to implement a school-wide incentive and discipline program entitled Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports ("PBIS"). PBIS to improve the overall school climate by teaching and rewarding appropriate behavior, providing consistent consequences for inappropriate behaviors, and creating a peaceful and uniform environment to increase academic achievement.  

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio PBIS Network state that “The implementation of PBIS involves a long-term commitment to a process of evaluation, planning, development and renewal. Typically, schools need to anticipate a 3 to 8 years commitment to develop the highest quality program implemented with fidelity.

A PBIS school has a broad-based consensus among its staff as to the value of the framework and a commitment to sustain the framework over time. A cornerstone of PBIS schools is their consistency in maintaining and supporting behavioral expectations for students throughout the school environment. This requires a consistency in adult behaviors and values. Administrative consistency and leadership are fundamental to PBIS implementation for students, parents and staff”.

When implemented with fidelity, PBIS serves as the foundation for the creation of a learning environment that promotes the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions, thus enhancing academic and social behavioral outcomes for all students. An emphasis is placed on promoting positive interventions and solutions to potential conflicts.

To help in the implementation of the building PBIS initiative a student / family case manager has been placed in each building to assist teachers and administrators in supporting at-risk or vulnerable students and their families. The case managers are hired through the Ashtabula Community Counseling Center. They are a non-profit behavioral health provider dedicated to providing appropriate mental health and support services to Ashtabula County residents no matter what their nature of need. The Ashtabula Community Counseling Center is a partner with our school district and will be providing staff development to assist teachers, administrators and support personnel in addressing the needs of our students and families. Case managers will work with students to identify solutions to problems.

Last year the Board of Developmental Disabilities announced the closing of their Happy Hearts school which served our County’s Developmentally Disabled student population. I am pleased to report that the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center has taken over the role of the Board of Developmental Disabilities to serve our students who have these needs. I have been pleased with both the quality of the new facility that they have created and the program that they will be providing our students.

If I can ever be of service to you do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr. John Montanaro, Superintendent
121 S Poplar Street
Jefferson, Ohio 44047
(440) 576-9180
(440) 576-9876 (fax)
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