Dollarway School District kicked off its PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program for the new school year and announced goals recently.

“PBIS is essentially a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behavior and provides tools to correct it,” Andrew Roshell III, PBIS behavior and support specialist, said in a news release.

There are four main goals that the district intends to accomplish in the 2019-2020 school year. First, Dollarway plans to improve the culture and climate throughout the district. Second, attendance will be addressed in decreasing absences of students and staff. Third, staff will model and promote the desired behavior expected for excellence from students. Fourth, the district plans to work with the community in increasing engagement at all levels and celebrate achievements and accomplishments, according to the release.

“As a result of their support of PBIS, a number of students and staff (28 total) earned tickets to the Arkansas Travelers baseball game, which took place on Aug. 24, in North Little Rock at Dickey-Stephens Park. They were awarded tickets because of their hard work, great behavior and commitment in supporting PBIS. High school teachers used the tickets to take their families to the event,” according to the release.

Last year, Dollarway Superintendent Barbara Warren implemented PBIS. During the 2018-2019 school year, students and teachers received incentives for their positive support concerning PBIS.

Students were awarded tickets to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff athletic events and positive reinforcement from staff in the district. Teachers also received rewards for supporting and teaching the program in their buildings.