Tim Hite has been introduced as the new Site Director for Communities in Schools at the Milford Central Academy. Starting the position at the beginning of this academic year, Mr. Hite has been working alongside the Milford School District to improve the areas of academics, attendance and discipline among students in 8th and 9th grade.
Communities In Schools (CIS) helps develop a plan for local schools and individual children based on assessments and communications with those local schools. Currently their second year involved with the Milford School District, CIS acts as a point of contact for the schools to direct the most needed services for students. CIS focuses on dealing with issues in the community and among families so that the schools and children can focus on their school work.
Hired by the Milford Central Academy last year as a Dean of Students, Mr. Hite has already built a foundation with children and has begun to build a community of engaged students.
“Having a personal experience myself as a student that needed support when I was in school, I understand that some of these kids just need someone to be there for them and to listen to them,” stated Mr. Hite. “I want to give them that support and that individualized attention they need to succeed.”
With a mixture of public and private funding, Communities in Schools works closely with schools, social services, businesses and volunteers to get young people the things they need to learn and grow: mentors and tutors, after-school help, family services to stabilize the home. They use prominent members of the community to help students achieve these basic supports; increasing their ability to succeed and grow into productive adults.
“This program is geared towards at-risk students and the first thing we can do is help keep them in school and interested in extracurricular activities,” commented Mr. Hite. “We are engaged with the students to learn the reasons behind why they are late or absent from school or have behavioral problems.”
By creating a consistent, positive presence in their every day lives, the students will develop the ability to improve their performances in these areas. The Communities in Schools Program hopes to expand the number of targeted students to double the size of the current group. School-wide preventative programs will be put into place to help the entire students body at the Central Academy. Presidents of Communities in Schools, Jim Purcell, hopes that the success of the program in the Central Academy will result in an expansion of its services to students across the Milford School District in future years.
“Tim understands the culture of the Milford Central Academy and has a great rapport with the students there ,” commented Jim Purcell, President of Communities In Schools. “Mentoring and community service projects are a top priority this year as we expand our partnership with the schools and the community.”