A lot has changed at Crown Point Central over the past 10 years or so. The current administration, led by Mrs. Shari Brannock, has brought changes to Crown Point Central that we can all be proud of. A cadre of excellent teachers, hard working staff members, a supportive board combined with the excellent leadership of the administrative team, have brought Crown Point Central into the limelight even at the national level.
It wasn’t that long ago when Crown Point Central was on the state “need of improvement” list and was in danger of being taken over by the state education department.
Crown Point can now boast of being designated as a high performing school, four years in a row!
In 2005, as you may know, Crown Point Central School was chosen in 2005 as a Model School for America’s Choice, an educational partner with the National Center on Education and the Economy. In addition another national organization, CFES (College for Every Student) has recognized Crown Point as a School of Distinction for its staff and student leadership and its outstanding portfolio filled with Early College Awareness and Mentoring activities.
What makes this even more impressive is that it has been accomplished in the face of declining revenues from the state, all the while maintaining very moderate tax increases for the taxpayers.
A lot has changed in Crown Point Central and we can all be proud of our achievements. However, change doesn’t come easy. An extraordinary amount of work has gone into what has been accomplished, and now we are moving on to the next big challenge.
It mostly involves the issue of bullying. Bullying itself is not a new issue and it isn’t just an issue at Crown Point Central. If you have been watching the news lately, it is now a major topic of concern at the national level.
The more one studies the issue the more complex it becomes. Bullying isn’t just the big kid stealing lunch money from the little kid and threatening to beat him up if he squeals. It is name calling, it is the fans yelling at a ref, it is the parent yelling at his child for running too slow to first base, it is the husband berating his wife with harsh words or vise versa, it is the parent going to school and demanding that they get their way using foul language and raised voices to try and intimidate a teacher or administrator. It could even be a teacher scolding a child because he tattled about a bullying situation!
Ever since Columbine, the reality of bullying has come under scrutiny from law enforcement, educational leaders, and a great variety of university studies trying to understand the problem, the implications and how to deal with it.
As a result of all this concern, a variety of programs have evolved specifically designed to deal with bullying at the school level. Our school is currently involved in such a program. It is a very complex program and it involves participation by the entire school.
The Olweus Bullying Program has the support of the school board. The end result of this program will be a safer and happier environment for all of our students, and perhaps less stress for our teachers and staff!
As mentioned before, change is never easy, and many questions are being asked about the current program. I encourage anyone with questions to contact the school to discuss the program with a member of the bullying committee, the principal or the superintendent.
Thank you for your continued support of our school!
Michael St. Pierre is president of the Crown Point Central School board of education.