Thomasville schools receive anti-bullying grant

By Barry H. Hendrix

The Thomasville City Schools District has received a $3,200 grant from the Alabama Anti-Bullying and Safe Environment Initiative. Garth Moss, school superintendent, announced the grant at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Thomasville City Board of Education in the Thomasville High School library.
The grant will be used to provide a Pre-K to 12 prevention and support program in an effort to promote an anti-bullying and safe school environment. The funding will be used for a “Peer Helpers” program, said Donna Calhoun, Federal Programs and Special Education Coordinator. According to the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, the Peer Helpers program teaches “students communication, coping, and problem-solving skills to equip them with the knowledge to support their peers through life’s daily challenges.”
The school system also received a $31,102 At-Risk High Hopes grant, Calhoun said. The grant is funding PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at the schools and providing Tier II intervention through counseling. Tier II consists of research-and evidence based small group interventions for students not meeting grade-level academic and behavior expectations.
In other action from the Nov. 19 board meeting, the following personnel actions were approved:
Linda Pugh, Thomasville Elementary School, effective for the 2019-2020 school year, pending background review;
Stephanie Burroughs, TES, effective for the 2019-2020 school year, pending background review;
(leave requests)
Whitney Westbrook, teacher at TES, on the job injury, effective Oct. 8, 2019, through Dec. 6, 2019;
Janice Butler, teacher at TES, FMLA, effective Nov. 20, 2019, through Jan. 6, 2020.
• An overnight field trip was approved for the THS Robotics Team Dec. 6-8 to South’s BEST at Auburn University.

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