GCS Crime is Down

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:phN_KpMa8za6FM:http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/39BC2D90-0138-4B78-AD98-80A8E60DDD01/0/schooltrn.jpg On a day when many of us may be having trouble comprehending what has occurred in Cleveland yesterday, preliminary figures from GCS suggest a drop in reported crimes on school campuses during the last academic year; this from today’s News & Record (click here).

The district is reporting 482 incidents among its campuses, down from 563 the previous year. This is ahead of DPI’s final report, which will come before the Holidays.

How is GCS spinning this? An excerpt from the article:

Possible reasons for the decline include the expansion of teacher training and a new proactive discipline program called Positive Behavior Support to more campuses, said Eric Becoats, chief of staff.

Becoats pointed to other preliminary numbers showing a 6 percent decrease in short-term suspensions during the same period as proof the district’s policies are working.

“We have a focus on the culture and the climate within our schools,” Becoats said. “We’re serious about that.”

P.B.S. is the former Responsible Discipline Process, which I’m familiar with. Click here for a GCS rollup on P.B.S.

Overall, High Point Central saw declines, along with Kiser Middle and Andrews, Northwest, Smith and Western high schools. Kiser is surprising because we’ve chronicled that school here last year where they had many incidents, including a rash of false fire alarms.

Another excerpt:

Schools with gains included Jamestown Middle and Grimsley, Dudley, Eastern and Page high schools.

Preliminary numbers show that the number of assaults stayed about the same: 87 incidents last year versus 84 incidents in 2005-06.

I can believe the underreporting of incidents, although I hope that’s not happening on a regular basis.

E.C. šŸ™‚


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