Administration

Cathy Boek
Manager
863-291-5355

Services

The Safe and Drug-Free Advisory Council

The Council provides oversight of all SDFS activities and includes representatives from businesses, private schools, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, mental health, community agencies, drug treatment programs, parents, and other professionals.

Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution Training

Conflict Resolution classes are provided in 10 schools identified as “high-risk.” Conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and communication skills are taught.

Competitive Student Drug Testing Program

The 2006-2007 school year marks the fourth year of the random drug testing of student athletes at all 15 public high schools. A summary of results follows:

  • Marijuana usage rate for athletes has declined 16.83% since 2004 and is currently 21.79% lower than the 30-day usage rate of non-athletes.
  • Between spring 2005 and spring 2006, reports of 30-day steroid use declined by almost 4%.
  • 30-day prescription drug abuse and cocaine use declined by 15.47% and 6.06%, respectively.

Rally Against Drugs Voluntary Drug Testing Program

Student Services administers a random voluntary drug testing program at Mulberry High School. Out of a population of over 1,000 students, 403 participated. A summary of results follows:

  • Between 2005 and 2006, 30-day marijuana use declined from 23.2% to 15.1% (a reduction of 34.9%) and is 7.3% below the district average.
  • Inhalant use declined from 8.7% in 2005 to 3.8% in 2006 (a reduction of 56.3%). Prescription abuse also showed an impressive 56.5% drop between 2005 and 2006, falling 33.3% below the district average.
  • 30-day alcohol rates have shown a 4.5% decline after three years of continual increase.
  • The binge drinking rate has declined by 15.1% between 2005 and 2006, and is consistent with the district average.

Program Overview

The Substance Abuse Code of Conduct Assessment Program serves secondary grade students who have been found to be in violation of those sections in the Code of Conduct, which prohibit possession and/or use of alcohol or other drugs. Students receive substance abuse education and participate in an assessment with their families.

Voluntary Assessments can also be provided for students who are suspected of alcohol or other drug use and are referred to the Mark Wilcox Center.

Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Training of trainers inservice is provided along with technical assistance to aid in implementation. Faculty presentations are also available.

Elementary Leadership Program This is open to all public and private elementary schools. A core group of 4th and 5th grade students from schools who participate attend a one-day training in which they develop leadership and team building skills to create a drug-free climate in their schools. Upon completion of the training schools are invited to submit a mini grant application for funding to carry out their programming ideas.

Media Library The library contains substance abuse and violence prevention videos that may be checked out by school staff and parents for viewing.

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To order from the video library, please contact David or Carolyn. Orders can not be placed online.

Component Descriptions

School Discipline Data - A data base of student discipline information. The SESIR (School Environmental Safety Incident Report) is a disciplinary report required by Dept. of Education of all Florida school districts. Data can be used by individual schools and across the district for decision-making.

Health, Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Curriculum - Classroom teachers and registered nurses deliver age and grade appropriate lessons on health, substance abuse, and violence prevention topics to all K-12 students. The goal is to promote healthy physical, mental and social development.

Intervention Assistance Team (Training & Manual Revision) - An organized, systematic, multidisciplinary, school-based process designed to address prevention and intervention issues. A problem solving approach is utilized to identify problems that interfere with student academic success.

School-Wide Discipline Plan - Each school will be required to develop a written plan, (utilizing a standardized format) that addresses a continuum of disciplinary procedures. Crisis intervention and school safety will be included in the plan.

Conflict Resolution - A program designed for classroom teachers to teach students the skills to: constructively deal with anger; communicate feelings and concerns without using violence/abusive language; Think critically about alternative solutions; agree on solutions in which all parties win. Replacement behaviors are emphasized.

Social Skills - A school-wide training process that provides teachers/students with specific procedures and behavioral skills to confront and resolve social situations. Such situations may include: conflict; interpersonal challenges; academic expectations; other behavioral problems. Students are taught easy-to-remember steps for making good choices.

Bus Driver Training - A training specifically designed for bus drivers to include: social skills, conflict resolution, behavior management, ect.

Diversity Training - A training for all school personnel on cultural diversity issues.

Alternatives to Out of School Suspension - Exploring creative alternatives, programs, and services to prevent students from being suspended from school.

School Intervention Centers (In-school suspension) Training - designed for in-school suspension teachers to assist with program development, student behavior management, etc.

Behavior Management Training - A ten session classroom management training program designed for school personnel. Sessions can be delivered individually or as complete package.

Character Education - Helping young people know, care about, and act on core values such: fairness, honesty, compassion, responsibility, and self-respect. Each month a character trait is emphasized with materials distributed to school and community agency personnel.

Peer Mediation - A process by which selected students are trained to help other students resolve their differences through: communication, critical thinking, and negotiation. Minor disciplinary infractions such as name-calling, arguing, etc. can be addressed via peer mediation. Major infractions such as fighting, weapons, and drugs are not appropriate for peer mediation.

Substance Abuse Code of Conduct Assessment Program

Defined: The Code of Conduct Program serves students in 6th through 12th grades that are in violation of the drug section of the Student Code of Conduct. This section prohibits possession, distribution or use of alcohol and other drugs and drug paraphernalia on school campus or during school sponsored events. Students attend school at the Mark Wilcox Center, where they receive both academic and substance abuse education. In addition, both students and parents/guardians participate in an assessment where parent(s) are given appropriate recommendations/referrals.

Program Specifics: The primary objective of our program is academic. For high school and ESE middle school students, the referring schools send 10-15 days of lesson plans for each subject. The student must complete all assignments before being released from the program. The second objective is daily substance abuse education and life skills training. Finally, the last objective is the assessment in which the extent of a student’s drug involvement is explored. Each parent/guardian is required to participate in the assessment, which usually lasts 45 to 60 minutes. The outcome of the assessment is to provide parents/guardians with recommendation(s) for continual intervention and prevention.

The Code of Conduct defines the conditions for completion of our program. A student must earn 10 successful days in a 15 school day range. To earn a successful day, a student must be in attendance and obey the rules. Violations of school rules will result in a student status report. A student status report equals another day added to a student’s stay at Mark Wilcox Center. A student can only receive five of these reports. If a non-ESE student receives six of these reports, the student will be assigned to an opportunity school. If the student is in an ESE program, appropriate recommendations will be made at a hearing.

Everything Parents Want To Know About The Mark Wilcox Center But Didn’t Know Who To Ask

Q: Why does my child have to go to the Mark Wilcox Center?
A: The Student Code of Conduct leaves no other choice.

Q: Why can’t she or he just be disciplined at her or his own school?
A: Discipline is not the only consequence to your child’s choice. At the Mark Wilcox Center, the student will:

  1. participate in a substance abuse assessment by a Specialist in the presence of a parent/guardian,
  2. receive ten (10) days of substance abuse education, and,
  3. continue to work on the academics sent by his/her teachers.

Q: But my child does not have a problem, why should she or he receive treatment?
A: Mark Wilcox Center is not a treatment center. No one knows whether treatment is needed until an assessment is first conducted. Also, she or he will receive this very important substance abuse education which would be helpful to every student.

Q: Won’t her or his grades suffer from this re-assignment?
A: There is no “pat” answer to this question because much will depend on your child’s attitude. In many cases, the reverse happens – grades improve. The program at our school is highly structured, and the rules are strictly enforced. The Mark Wilcox Center is an ideal classroom situation with a typical teacher/student ration of ten-to-one (10:1). Our personnel are committed to assist your child in the completion of assignments. However, your child must be willing to do her/his part.

Q: OK, how does my child get to and from school?
A: Students arrive and leave Mark Wilcox in one of three ways. Students may:

  1. Ride a school bus (a schedule is given the first day of classes at the center).
  2. Ride with an adult that is listed on her or his emergency card.
  3. Walk or ride a bicycle, as long as the student lives within the two-mile walk zone.

No student is allowed to drive a car under any circumstances or be transported to or from school by a friend.

Q: Why do I have to accompany my child on the first day of school at Mark Wilcox Center?
A: Before a student can begin at Mark Wilcox Center, an intake meeting must take place in which the program is explained and paperwork is completed by a parent/guardian. Intake begins promptly at 8:00 A.M. and lasts approximately an hour. If this presents a scheduling problem for you, call the Mark Wilcox Center at 291-5355 and ask for Mr. McClain.

Q: Who do I call if I have a question concerning …

  1. The program and procedures:
    Cathy Boek, Safe and Drug-Free Programs Manager
    David McClain, Intervention Specialist
  2. Any mood altering substances: (identification, uses, etc.)
    Cathy Boek, Safe and Drug-Free Programs Manager
    David McClain, Intervention Specialist
  3. The student’s assignments:
    Howard Cone, Prevention Specialist/Teacher
    Anna Seitz, Prevention Specialist
  4. Pertinent information about a student:
    David McClain, Intervention Specialist
    Cathy Boek, Safe and Drug-Free Programs Manager
    Howard Cone, Prevention Specialist/Teacher