Lewiston schools holding workshop tonight on student discipline

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LEWISTON — The School Committee and administrators will hold a workshop Wednesday night to develop a better understanding of and support for how the most significant cases of student discipline are handled.

In the past year, Superintendent Bill Webster has initiated several in-house suspension programs at his office building, at several elementary schools and the middle school for students who behave badly but who need to continue their education.

This year, Lewiston High School Principal Linda MacKenzie has created a pilot program in which two deans, who are former teachers, will work with students and teachers to try to reduce student discipline. MacKenzie has told the School Committee that too many students are being sent to the office and missing too much time in school.

Workshop participants will include Webster, School Committee members and school administrators. The workshop will be led by hired facilitator Craig Freshley and Kerri Sands of Good Group Decisions of Brunswick. Afterward, Sands and Freshley will provide a report of the workshop.

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Topics will include the law regarding behavior and expulsions, current protocols, demographics and trends, and moving from a reactive to a proactive culture in schools.

The public is welcome to observe but will not be invited to participate. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Green Ladle, across from Lewiston High School.

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