"In my opinion, this is a tremendous opportunity to improve teaching and student achievement," said NSCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerome Melvin. "In the past, it has been very difficult to initiate any discussion with NSEA on the se topics, especially peer assistance and review programs."
Melvin said Sylvia Matousek and John Kuryla should be given much recognition for getting the district involved in the project.
"After the Dec. 1 meeting in Albany, I came back completely energized," Melvin said. "This project is not the silver bullet, nor a panacea, but it can move us in the right direction."
Youth Survey Report
Dr. David Morton and Toni Lyn Brauchle discussed the results of the 2008 Youth Survey Report that was reviewed before in September 2009 with Community Connections.
Morton pointed out the "distortion of the results" because only students in grades 8, 10 and 12 were surveyed rather than the general grade 7 through 12 surveys ran in other school districts.
The following information reflects the comparison of NSCSD students' responses to both county and national school district results:
Higher percentage of family conflict and peer rewards for anti-social behavior; Higher percentage of lifetime usage of alcohol; Higher percentage in the use of any illicit drug.
Higher percentage of lifetime usage of alcohol; Higher percentage of opportunities for pro-social involvement, but also a lower percentage feel the school reward for pro-social involvement.
Lower percentage show a belief in a moral order; a bit higher percentage in the use of any illicit drug; a lower percentage of binge drinking in the heavy use category.
The results also calculated a higher percentage of North Syracuse students have gambled in the last year at all grade levels surveyed and the lottery is the behavior of choice. Morton said he was highly concerned with the moral order issue and how the question was raised.