The Substance Abuse Task force is a diverse group of members representing stakeholders from the high school, middle school, elementary school, physicians, parents, students, police officers, administrators, and MCH.
In the spring of 2015, the Task Force went through a comprehensive and structured strategic planning process. The facilitator, Emily Daniels, spent a great deal of time building trust and a common language within the group, which allowed the team to have candid conversations about a difficult issue.
By the end of the 2015 school year, the Task Force completed a complete analysis of our current practices, policies, and procedures. After a two day retreat in the summer, the Task Force committed to a strategic plan that focuses on three important goals; Public Perception, Education, and Policy.
Public Perception and Awareness
De-stigmatize the issue of substance abuse, raise awareness and change perceptions.
ACTION: Raising awareness on the issue by identifying nine community outreach events by June 2016.
- Collaborate with the MCH Task Force to co-sponsor events.
- Create Facebook page for internal task force in which all members will be administrators and will post.
- Videotape events and post on Facebook page.
- Work with the local newspaper.
- Create a cultural branding message.
- Prepare resource guide for the school district and parents.
Identify the scope of the problem, current curricula, and options for the 2016-2017 school year. Continue efforts to inform staff and faculty.
ACTION: Prepare a document for parents and staff about TASK Force mission and goals
- Identify district prevention curriculum at each grade level and school.
- Collect and interpret local, state and national data about substance abuse.
- Research prevention education for staff and students and select pilot for 2016-2017 school year.
Review the current policy and outline suggested changes/recommendations to the School Board for approval by the end of the school year 2016.
ACTION: Research neighboring district policies.
- Identify student and staff focus groups for feedback on current policy.
- Prepare document with findings for review by Policy Committee.
- Draft new policy for policy committee.
|Emily Daniels||Student Assistance Counselor, CVHS|
|Steve Bartsch||Administrator, CVHS|
|Brian Pickering||Administrator, CVHS|
|Brett Sullivan||Chief of Police, Bennington|
|Bill Leahy||Culture Monitor, CVHS|
|Kim Chandler||Director of School Counseling, CVHS|
|Judy Heddy||Health Teacher, CVHS|
|Lee Ann Clark||Monadnock Community Hospital|
|Eric Kostecki||School Counselor, CVHS|
|JoAnn Fletcher||School Counselor, CVHS|
|Kristin Ingram||School Counselor, CVHS|
|Shawn King||School Counselor, CVHS|
|Laura Gourlay||School Counselor, GBS|
|Deb Dionne||School Counselor, SMS|
|Judi Bernardi||School Nurse, CVHS|
|Gretchen Shippee||School Nurse, CVHS|
|Pam Murphy||School Nurse, PES|
|Cathy Forrest||School Nurse, SMS|
|Peter Naitove||School Psychologist, CVHS|
|Kalle Proventure||School Psychologist, CVHS|
|Gerry Scarano||School Psychologist, SMS|
|Kim Fairbank||Social Worker, CVHS|
|Leander Corman||Special Ed Administrator, CVHS|
|Holly Bly||Student Assistance Counselor, CVHS|
|Tierney Thompson||Student, CVHS|
|Leah Felegara||Teacher, CVHS|
|Jen Geaumont||Transition Coordinator, CVHS|