UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- With a $500,000 grant in hand, Waco ISD looks to improve disciplinary problems that have gotten out of hand.
Dale Caffey, Public Information Officer for WISD, said with the new grant, the district will aim to improve and bring a new approach to the disciplinary actions currently in place.
"We've become a little bit concerned of the fact that we've been writing to many tickets to students for violations of the student code of conduct," said Caffey.
Alternative school is a disciplinary action that the district is hoping to decrease.
"The more that you send a child to alternative school, the research is showing that, that the more likely, eventually that child could be a dropout. So the more that we can keep those kids on the campus, in the classroom, the better we are," said Caffey.
And that's exactly what the district aims to do.
Nolan Correa, the principal of University High School, said this time they are addressing the root of the problem.
"Figuring out exactly why they react the way they do, whether it be classroom disruption, fighting, you know, just the things that get them sent to the alternative school, is what are those causes and how can we intervene," said Correa.
New tactics will involve more than just administrators.
Students have the chance to mentor their peers who may be in trouble and parenting classes will be available.
Administrators have full confidence this will lead them in the right direction.
"Any time you're capable of sitting down with a student, either one-on-one or in a small group where you have time to work with them and develop a relationship to try and find out what is the cause, the root cause of the problem, then you're always going to be more successful," said Correa.