Last evening at our Board of Directors meeting we recognized School District of Lancaster teacher Steve Gallo who was named Teacher of the Year from Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs (JDCAP). Steve teaches Math/Science in the detention and shelter side of YIC and has been a member of the School District of Lancaster team since 2006, and a teacher at the Youth Intervention Center since 2007. He was nominated for the award by his colleagues and was selected to receive this honor from all of the detention facilities and alternative programs from across the state!
The Board of School Directors also accepted the resignation of former Campus Principal Dr. Bill Jimenez. While I do not typically discuss resignations publicly, it was announced on the front page of this morning’s paper so I did want to acknowledge it. This decision was made in the best interest of our students and staff. For now, Dr. Butterfield will remain the interim Campus Principal, in addition to his Director of Schools duties.
Lastly, I presented the “State of the District” to the audience last evening. Included in the presentation was our Out of School Suspension (OSS) data for the past two years. At the middle school level, we decreased our OSS by 27% from 2015-16 to 2016-17 and as a district, we decreased it by 42%! Managing discipline is important to ensure both a safe learning environment and a brighter future for our students. These reductions are a clear indication of the positive impact our supports have on the students we serve.