Board learns of ‘Do-Re-ME!’ program
CROWLEY – A program in its pilot stages in three Acadia Parish schools was officially presented to the Acadia Parish School Board at its Monday meeting.
The board, in turn, opened it to discussion about why the three schools that were chosen were the ones given the pilot Do-Re-ME! Program this year.
Monday, classes began in Crowley Kindergarten and Central Rayne Kindergarten’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes at Church Point Elementary to being later this week. Presented by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music, the Do-Re-ME! Program is in its official second year, it’s first in the parish.
After ASO Executive Director Jenny Krueger presented information from ASO about its initial pilot program in 2012-13 with Lafayette Parish’s Montessori Truman, Krueger explained that the program had secured funding from the state and had moved into a data collecting project to prove its worth. Thus it moved into Acadia Parish for a pilot program to serve as ASO’s rural core. The three schools, chosen as the most at-risk schools at that age, were chosen to begin classes this fall.
But why Crowley, Rayne and Church Point were able to use a program that showed such great results in one year in Lafayette and others were not in the parish drew some questions from other board members as to why their schools were being left out. Simply put, for Krueger, it’s a matter of funding at this point, but would love to see the program expand next year.
If the board likes the results, Krueger says ASO and the board can begin the dialogue to finding funding to expand the program’s presence in the parish.
The program, according to Krueger, is designed to reinforce the students’ classroom learning and give them a hands-on learning approach, which benefits some students more than instruction.
“We serve as a support mechanism for your teachers,” she said.
At the end of the day both Superintendent John Bourque and Krueger recommended the board visit the three participating schools to see how much students are learning through the program already.
Bourque pointed that the board members should visit all of their schools, however, to show their support for the teachers and principals who worked hard this summer.
The board also approved many committee recommendations including a change of venue for Acadia Parish 4-H Achievement Day in 2014. This year, Midland High will host 4-H Achievement Day on Friday, May 9, 2014.
The board will hold its September committee meetings on Sept. 18 and the board’s October meeting is set for Oct. 7.