Monroe County Community School Corporation officials say they’ve begun to plan how money raised by November’s voter referendum will be used. Director of Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Cameron Rains says the corporation will begin to hire two classes of employees – preventionists and interventionists – who will work with at-risk youth.
Currently, staffing allows for groups of around twenty-five students, or average classroom size. But Rains says the ideal intervention group size is just four or five students.
According to Rains, “What we did was recommend that the preventionists float through each grade level during that extended learning time. That’s their main responsibility, to be in every grade level each day to bring that group size down.”
Rains says some of the confusion surrounding the positions stems from not understanding their inclusion represents a different educational model.
“What actually happens is the team, the certified teachers, they make the plan as they’re making the plan now, for all of those students. The difference would be they would have some help implementing that plan.”
Rains says the corporation’s plan to hire forty-five preventionists, a large number, may seem excessive until it’s understood that they will be spread across fourteen elementary schools.