NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Parents in Nacogdoches now have a couple of ways to visit "face-to-face" with the person who manages their child's education.
Open forums and Dragon Chats are underway through the end of the school year led by Nacogdoches ISD's interim superintendent. The first forum tackles the topic of discipline.
A quick internet search will reveal the Champs discipline program is popular among many school districts. Interim Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy is the latest educator to implement the classroom management style.
"It's an organized system to us," Dowdy said. "We're watching beginning teachers come out of college not prepared. This is what we're trying to do to help them."
Heather Beal, a parent and a member of Supporters of Nacogdoches ISD could take exception to that. She teaches those future teachers classroom management. The educator and parent's primary objection is the district's reintroduction to corporal punishment.
"Absolutely, adamantly, personally and professionally against corporal punishment in the schools," Beal said.
Dowdy doesn't even support physical punishment, but she knows a lot of parents do. So the compromise is parents can opt out of swats for their kids.
"This year they changed it to the default is we will, and if you don't want us to, then you have to send in a letter," Beal said. "So I prefer for the base assumption to be we're not doing it, and if someone wants it, for the parent to have to say please do this if it becomes necessary."
As of yet, even those in the district aren't fully supporting corporal punishment. Both middle schools and the high school are not using it.
Dowdy wants Tuesday's open forum to clear up any confusion on the discipline topic.
"So we're going to have teachers and administrators that night to discuss, have an open forum with questions and answers about the program, as well as model what it looks like in the classroom," Dowdy said.
In addition, Dowdy scheduled Dragon Chats through the remainder of the school year at each school. The outreach is focusing on academics and discipline.
The Discipline Forum is a special school board meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. at the District Support Center. Dragon Chats are scheduled through May 17 at various campuses from 7:30 to 8:30 in the morning