District 209 to Begin Evening School
January 15, 2015 03:25 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has approved the start of an evening school for students who are struggling with truancy and behavior issues, with a planned start date of January 21.
Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/alternative programs for the District, said that the Proviso Evening School, which will be run in cooperation with West 40 Intermediate Service Center, would consist of two aspects. The DREAM School Truancy Program is designed for students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School with truancy issues and will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the Proviso Evening Alternative for Continuing Education (PEACE) Evening Alternative School Program for students who have a need for a more personalized learning environment in order to redirect behavior for academic success will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The evening school program will be run in the building that formerly housed the Proviso East NJROTC program. The NJROTC is now located in larger classroom spaces inside the regular school building, with the lower gym available for drilling practice, Mr. Johnson said.
The DREAM and PEACE programs, which will begin with around 30 students each, will employ two certified teachers along with two security guards, a director, and one interventionist to work with students. All staff has been hired by West 40, Mr. Johnson said. The students will complete coursework online through Apex Learning. They also will spend an hour each day in a group social and emotional learning session with the interventionist.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the District's goal is provide a quality education for all students.
"We are committed to providing educational opportunities for all students, even those who may not be able to thrive in a traditional school environment," she said. "With these new programs, we are able to provide those opportunities and give students who need a more individual and structured setting to continue their education and to help them eventually return to the regular classroom.
"The ultimate goal is for the student to transition to a regular school environment," she said.