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Audit suggests improvements for Central School System

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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 4:14 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jun 24, 2010 7:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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An audit prepared for the Central Community School System suggests making some critical changes before starting the next school year in August.

The 32-page audit showed staff complaining about poor working conditions and highlighted proper protocols not being followed. The audit was completed at the request of school board members who had received complaints about the school system's Special Education Department.

"Students with severe aggressive behaviors are being restrained by staff to prevent them from injuring themselves... Staff should obtain training by the Crisis Prevention Institute... Staff use of restraint without evidence of training is a risk management nightmare for the school district and must be addressed immediately," said the discipline section of the audit.

Amy Mclin is the Director of Special Programs for the Central Community School System.

"When you are a new system and you have concerns from anybody, you are going to do as much as possible to make sure what you're doing is the best," said Mclin.

The audit revealed many school system employees complained about poor working conditions, internal conflict and were worried about termination if they complained.

At least one School Board Member told News 2 he is upset with the audit. He plans to discuss it at length during the next school board meeting.

Although the audit suggests change, not all of it was negative. The audit also said Central's schools are rich in potential, and the recommended changes will only make the system better.

Central schools have submitted an action plan and will implement all of the changes recommended before the next school year. Central schools broke away from East Baton Rouge Parish School System in 2007.

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