New Discipline Program Pays Off at Burnet Elementary 1/15/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 15, 2014
Odessa - A new program in Ector County ISD is changing the way teachers discipline their students.
This is the first year for the PBIS and CHAMPS programs at Burnet Elementary and school officials are impressed with their progress
It pays to behave at Burnet Elementary…literally.
"We have Colt Cash, the kids can buy rewards with it," 1st grade teacher, Ashley Smith said.
The Colt Cash is just one part of an entirely new discipline program; it's all based on expectations.
"They know their expectations that they have in the classrooms, hallways and around the building," Smith said.
This is the first year for the program and they're already seeing a change.
"Discipline is down, we aren't writing referrals," Smith said.
"It's a lot better than last year, last year we were kinda bad," sixth-grader Sydney Anglin said. "We would always be yelling in the classroom and stuff."
Now they're able to get back to what its all about, education without a fight.
"I'm able to teach more, I'm able to work more one on one with other students because my students know where they're supposed to be and what they can do," Smith said.
School officials say referrals are down by 10 percent this year.
The district does plan on implementing the program into more schools in the coming years.