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Hastings schools present data review to ISD board

Jessica Courtright

Contributing Writer


Hastings Area Schools' Assistant Superintendent of Achievement Matt Goebel presented a data review of the “Multi-Tier System of Supports” to the Barry Intermediate School District Board of Education at its March 10 meeting.

Barry ISD Superintendent Richard Franklin noted that MTSS requires that school systems to update their local intermediate schools on these programs every year.

“The purpose of the district data review is to engage in continuous improvement through educated decision-making through data reviews,” Goebel said. “The Hastings Area School System performs data reviews three times a year for all students and four to six times a year for students who are struggling.”

Goebel highlighted some accomplishments: Hastings has performed followup training for functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans.

They have been working on this plan for the past two years, he said.

Literacy coaches are working to develop an intervention grid that is progressive, he said. They are aiming to get students the supports they need based on their grade level.

Hastings also is working on implementing “individual reading improvement plan” meetings. On a local level, all districts in the United States are responsible for implementing IRIPs. In Hastings schools, teachers and staff members, working with students in kindergarten through third grade, identify students who are reading well below their grade level and then implement interventions. Interventions can include after-school tutoring and how the school provides title services. All their schools have implemented small group behavior intervention, he said.

Hastings recently implemented a program called Child Safety Matters, which is intended to help students understand cyberbullying, bullying, and sexting and, for younger students, it includes information like “good touch, bad touch, and stranger danger,” Goebel said.

Goebel ended his presentation, saying “even though we are kind of the beacon in regards to other districts in the state of Michigan who are implementing MTSS,” the school system still needs to improve, fine-tune and maintain its MTSS program for a few years to move up to the top level of the program. 

       In other action, the Barry ISD board:

• approved and authorized payments in general fund expenditures totaling $203,087, special fund expenditures  of 488,228, and trust fund expenditures of $47.

• hear that ISD Director of Early Childhood Services Shannon Everett is resigning to accept a post with the Michigan Department of Education Great Start office. Franklin said he will handle some of those duties until the opening is filled, but that will not happen immediately.

The intermediate district will contract out for an Early Childhood specialist, he added. Franklin said he has already reached out to the Calhoun ISD.

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