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January 23, 2013

Paraprofessionals: Integral to Student Achievement
By Joe Meyer - MCC High School Principal

lIn every school throughout the nation there are many people involved behind the scenes to make the educational experience a successful one for each student. Everyday children attend school in pursuit of an education that will help them be successful throughout their lives. Who provides this extra support for reading teachers? Who attends to the special needs of our students? Who provides playground and/or lunchroom supervision and all the critical operational duties in the school district? It is the paraprofessionals that fill all of these roles and so many more. The paraprofessionals are educational support staff that provides key services to meet all the needs of our school-aged children. In the Murray County Central School District, our paraprofessionals total 26, 19 at the elementary level and 7 at the high school level.

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