London Schools looks into hiring social worker

(Posted Dec. 17, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

For some students, a gap exists between school, home and community services. London City Schools is looking to fill that gap by hiring someone to serve as a sort of social worker or caseworker.

The school district, by its nature, is equipped to educate students. By creating a social/case worker position, the district hopes to also help students and their families with needs they have outside of education.

“Like a lot of schools, our students have needs. We’re here to try to work with families and any social services available to meet those needs,” said Superintendent Tom Ben. “We want to help kids come to school ready or meet those needs once they’re at school.”

The aim, he said, is to help students become more physically, socially and emotionally prepared for school.

While an emphasis will be placed on getting the youngest students off to a good start, school board president Marvin Homan said the social/case worker will work with students across all grade levels, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

“I think it’s one of the best things we can to do to help students, which in turn helps their education,” Homan said.

To fashion a job description for the new position, Ben is talking to school staff members, Madison County Job and Family Services, and other schools that already have a similar position in place.

“We first have to figure out what the needs are, then tailor a position,” he said.

The district has not set a timeline for implementing the new position.

“We want to make sure we get the position right…and we want to make sure we get the right person for the position,” Homan said.

The London school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the lecture room at London High School.

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