The Home Visit Program helps Carol Staley (back, left) and Jo Nemeth
understand students' individual needs.
..."It's a key strategy in comprehensive school reform," says Jo Nemeth, principal of McCoy.
Teachers and parents from both cities left the Ladd meeting April 18 with a heightened sense of optimism.
"When things like [Demps' firing] happen, it's too bad it has to be the main story," says Nemeth
, "because I can't think of anything more important than schools working with the community and parents to strengthen education."
Yet those involved with the Home Visit Program say such turmoil has little effect on their efforts."We're far removed from what goes on at 1211 McGee," says one McCoy
And by tackling the problems of the district from the ground level, the program needs not fear being mired in the tangles of the board and superintendent.
...Just two days before the presentation at the Kauffman Foundation, Adams-Leavitt and Nemeth held court with Missouri Governor Bob Holden at his offices in Jefferson City.
couldn't agree more -- which is why she'll tell anyone who'll listen how well the program has worked for her
school."I'd like to see every school in Missouri getting out and getting to know students and parents," she
| originally published: May 3, 2001
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