CCPS adds student advocacy specialist

Published 10:16 am Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Clark County Board of Education approved a new job description for a student advocacy specialist in its regular meeting Tuesday.

In the request form, Scarlett Ryan, director of human resources, said the district needs a person specifically dedicated to working collaboratively with the school’s staff to provide preventive support and assistance to all students who are experiencing emotional, educational, cultural, personal, social or mental challenges.

The student advocacy specialist will be a 187-day position targeting the district’s most needy students. The job is grant funded with a salary ranging from $44,210 to $64,058.

According to the description, the specialist will build positive and productive relationships with students and leverage those relationships to engage students in the learning environment.

In the meeting, Supt. Paul Christy said the district is hoping to hire someone for the position before the end of October. CCPS will post the application soon.

According to the job description, applicants should have a master’s degree in school guidance counseling or a bachelor’s degree in social work and two years successful experience in individual counseling with school-age students and social service delivery.

Applicants must be skilled in the following areas: advocacy, crisis intervention, peer mediation, coaching and mentoring.

Greg Hollon, director of Pupil Personnel and Student Support Services, gave the first-month attendance update. The district average was 95.85 percent from Aug. 15 to Sept. 5. Strode Station Elementary School led the attendance numbers with 97.06 percent, and Phoenix Academy was at the bottom with 91.74 percent.

George Rogers Clark High School Principal David Bolen presented an overview of the 2017-18 Advanced Placement results. Overall, the 2018 total number of passing scores (three or above) were down from previous years; Bolen said the decrease could be a result of higher student enrollment in dual credit courses.

All test-takers passed the calculus AB, calculus BC, computer science A and music theory exams. None of the test-takers passed chemistry, environmental science or French exams. Overall, GRC had a 63 percent passing rate for all tests.

In other action, the board:

— approved KDE grant management assurances

— approved an additional 10 percent funding of Section 6 Allocation to school councils

— approved pay application #1514-21 to RossTarrant Architects for the GRC Gymnasium and Athletic Fields Project (BG 16-238) for $9,186.51

— approved pay application #1829-04 to RossTarrant Architects for the GRC Field House and Athletics Phase 3 Project (BG 16-334) in the amount of $85,259.45

— approved pay application #9 to Codell Construction, Contractors and Suppliers

for the GRC Gymnasium and Athletic Fields Project (BG-16-238) in the total amount of $271,984.88

— approved pay application #15 to Performance Services, Inc. for Guaranteed Energy Conservation Savings Project (BG 17-178) for $225,324

— approved construction documents for the GRC Field House and Athletic Fields Project (BG 18-334) pending KDE approval

— approved BG2 for the GRC Field House and Athletic Fields Project BG #18-334 pending KDE approval

— approved BG3 for the GRC Field House and Athletic Fields Project BG #18-334 pending KDE approval.

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