“This was an ACE,” Superintendent Timothy Mundell said, referring to an adverse childhood experience.

Just over half of the seventh-graders surveyed at Berne-Knox-Westerlo reported having some sort of trauma, according to the school’s social worker, who described how the school has been addressing this.

BKW students in Future Farmers of America described a trip involving stops at dairy and swine farms, grain processors, and stops at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo has already put into place two major initiatives that should help uncouple the dilemma at the heart of the paradox on special education.

Matthew Tedeschi

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Superintendent Timothy Mundell said that  school board members hope that Board President Matthew Tedeschi will help to represent rural schools in Albany County.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students with disabilities who were tested were among the lowest 10-percent in their group for English, math, and science, and were also among the lowest 10-percent for growth in English and math, according to a spokeswoman for the State Education Department.

In a new program at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, students from Daishan High School in China are staying with host families in the district for a week and attending classes with BKW students.

One change made to the contract recently includes a removal of requiring agency fees following a Supreme Court decision affecting districts across the country.

Goals for the year include communication and technology.

Every vote was unanimous at Monday’s Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board meeting as members basked in good news — ranging from success including special-need students in general-education classrooms to securing expected state aid for $20 million in capital improvements.


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