Green Bay Area Public School District ready to change student culture starting this fall

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Area Public School District hopes to keep students on track this school year after a former Washington Middle School teacher quit over her allegations of dangerous student behavior. 

On Monday, the GBAPS school board held a meeting that was overwhelmingly attended by parents, faculty, and others. 

District superintendent Dr. Michelle Langenfeld said that the revelations from Kerstin Westcott, the Washington Middle School teacher who resigned in June, have given the school district "an opportunity to reset" safety and productivity policies for schools. 

The faculty at Washington Middle School, and the rest of the schools in the district, will have more training to learn about what the board calls "inconsistent behavioral expectations" of students.

The worst problems with students include being late to class, speaking with profanities, using cell phones during school, and being disrespectful in the common areas, like the hallways and cafeteria.

"We're working on improved and more efficient procedures for working with students in the cafeteria. working with more efficient procedures working with students being on time, in class, not in the hallways, and making sure we have appropriate procedures to handle that," Dennis Christensen, the Washington Middle School principal, said. 

The district did not discuss increasing suspensions or expulsions, but instead may try to create more of a dialogue with students to change their behavior. 

"We talk about how can we reintegrate that student into the classroom and back into the school community, because the longer that student is out for a discipline piece, they are losing out on instruction, so it's bringing in practices that will allow the student, and support the student, to be successful coming back in to a program or school after a behavioral situation," Christensen added.

The school district will be hosting three listening sessions for parents on July 24th to hear about the new plans. 

The school district will have information about the parent meeting and future meetings on their website and Facebook page. 


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