On Sept. 29, the Waco ISD School Board approved a $103,000 partnership with Klaras Center for Families-Heart of Texas Region MHMR. The partnership will place a case worker and either a licensed professional counselor or a licensed clinical social worker on the Brazos High and Middle School Credit Recovery Center, and the GL Wiley Opportunity Center campuses.
The Recovery Center offers a flexible, self-paced schedule for students who are at risk of dropping out, and the Opportunity Center serves students who have had behavioral issues on their home campus. Klaras is a local mental health authority that assists children and adolescents, ages 3 to 17, who experience significant emotional or behavioral difficulties.
The agreement is inspired by a Klaras pilot project once in a Waco ISD elementary school, which gave insight into district needs, Klaras assistant director Telawna Kirbie said.
“A lot of times, students who have had a more challenging experience are at our alternative schools. We’ve spent a lot of time this year looking at ways to meet the social and emotional needs of our students, specifically in terms of trauma-informed services, meaning it’s more than your at-risk student,” Robin McDurham, the area superintendent over the two campuses, said.