Five school districts in Linn County are collaborating on a new educational initiative. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Marceline Superintendent Gabe Edgar:

Gabe Edgar

Edgar says Brookfield R-III, Bucklin R-II, Linn County R-I, Marceline R-V, and Meadville R-IV are pooling resources to get help for at-risk students. The group has contracted three outside clinical counselors to help at-risk students. Marceline and Brookfield have contracted counselors in the past and the consortium of the five schools are working together to benefit all involved. Smaller schools often cannot financially afford to hire a professional social worker to work with students who need extra attention. The Linn County Educational Support Cooperative has been meeting for nearly two years in attempts to address the common problem.

According to Edgar, the combined effort is only one part of how Marceline works to help students in need. The district has been using the “Positive Behavior Support” and “Response To Intervention” systems for a few years at the elementary level and “Check and Connect” at the middle and high schools. The programs combine to create a holistic approach to student achievement using academics, attitude, and responsibility to help students improve.