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Dobbs Ferry BOE Looks to Aid More At-Risk Students

Dobbs Ferry's new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Brady brought up a few issues at a recent Board of Education meeting that she is hoping to improve. One of the main topics discussed was the increased efforts to assist at-risk students.

The Academic Intervention Services are being tweaked and new advisory classes will replace the traditional support classes, which Brady said will help increase engagement for at-risk students.

"We're really going to put our hands on them more closely," Brady said after the Thursday night meeting. "They need that support."

AttendanceĀ at those classes will now be mandatory and will even appear on student's schedules.

Brady said the program, which in the past had been more loosely constructed, would help foster a "mentor mentality" between students and teachers.

"[They will] form a relationship with that teacher/mentor," Brady said. "[It will help them] feel more connected to the school."

Brady said it was essential for the district to create "equity and access for all students" as one of her biggest goals is to take advantage of "21st century skills." Technology integration in the class room has been something she said she will strive to achieve.

Another matter discussed was the possible addition of a new security guard at the high school and middle school facility. Brady said the bigger picture is the staff needs more security due to the size of the complex.

"We need an extra set of boots on the ground," Brady said.

With such a high number of access points in the facility Brady said it's "almost like a public venue opposed to a school."

To see the rest of the items discussed, you can view the full agenda here .

What are some issues you would like the board to discuss at their next meeting? Have any questions about the meeting? Let us know below in the comments section or on Facebook or Twitter .

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