JAY – The School Committee voted Thursday to hire a half-time guidance counselor for the Jay High School in addition to the counselor already on staff.

The vote came after a lengthy discussion on whether the school needed to replace a second guidance counselor at the school after that person resigned.

Superintendent Robert Wall had proposed revamping the program, which included not hiring a guidance counselor, and instead give more responsibilities to a registrar of guidance-administrative assistant and having an attendance and behavioral assistant who would follow up with students who had chronic absenteeism and also oversee in-house suspension.

At issue was limiting student access to see a guidance counselor since there would only be one available instead of two.

Wall presented a survey to the board that indicated that Jay had a higher ratio of guidance counselors to students of the schools in the Mountain Valley Conference.

Wall said his plan to revamp the guidance structure was put on hold.

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