• Join us for our Monthly Behavior Support PD.  The next session will be on March 11, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 at Watauga High School.  Interested staff should email Barb Linnville at linnvilleb@wataugaschools.org to register.  We hope to see you there!



  • Over the past few months, we have been discussing making some changes in our Behavior Support program to address individual student and school needs while aligning our structure to help us meet the requirements of our new Behavior Support Grant as well as supporting our implementation of MTSS.  In the past, Behavior Support services were focused on the students who were identified using the PRC 29 rubric.  Our new grant still includes that focus but also calls for Behavior Support staff to work with all students who may need their services, regardless of whether they are on the identified under the rubric or whether the students are identified as EC or not.  It also calls for increased professional development and support to general education and EC teachers.  

    We have decided to move to a structure where Barb Linnville and Karla Lerner, our Behavior Support Staff are assigned to specific schools and will be present in those schools at least once per week.  Below is the assignment chart:


    Barb Linnville

    Karla Lerner


    WHS (am)

    Blowing Rock (pm)

    HP and WHS (am)

    Cove Creek (pm)


    Central Office (am)

    Parkway or Blowing Rock (pm)

    Central Office (am)

    Blowing Rock or Green Valley (pm)


    Valle Crucis

    HP (am)

    Bethel (pm)


    Blowing Rock (am)

    Office or observation time (pm)

    Mabel or Green Valley (am)

    Cove Creek (pm)


    WHS all day /Flexible

    Office/Flex for 20% day


    Barb and Karla's responsibilities at their school sites will be:


    * Working with students who are identified on the PRC 29 rubric and meeting the service requirements for those individual students

    * Working with any student who is exhibiting behavioral difficulties, regardless of whether those students are EC students 

    * Holding PEERS, MindUP or other student support groups

    * Provide professional development to school staff on a group or individual basis

    * Consulting with teachers on how to address specific student behavior issues

    * Serving as a Liaison between the school, the district and community agency representatives involved with specific students

    * Attending IEP meetings as needed to help with behavioral interventions, IEP goals, FBAs and BIPs

    * Attending A-Team, Student Services team meetings when needed to help problem-solve for individual students

    * Attending MTSS team meetings as requested to discuss behavior interventions and planning for MTSS implementation

    * Providing Autism Coaching support to teachers and students as needed

    * Handling any SOAR program referrals for the schools in which they are assigned.

    * Only attend SOAR CFT meetings in the afternoon for the students in the schools they serve

    * Behavior Support staff may assist in emergencies at a school but they are not to be utilized as one on one assistants, or all day support for a student in ISS or other form of removal.  This will limit their ability to meet the other components of their work listed above. 


    In addition, they will trade off on SOAR staffing meetings on very other Tuesday afternoon.


    Please understand that due to the nature of their work, the time(s) at their assigned schools may at times be impacted by emergencies and/or the need to attend IEP meetings at other schools.  When these situations arise, Barb and Karla will notify the impacted staff and the school Principal of their need to leave their assigned school to address an emergency or meeting need at another school.  Flexibility, understanding and communication amongst all parties are crucial elements that will make this change work for all those involved.  Barb and Karla would be glad to provide whatever communication method (i.e., Google doc, email, text) works to keep you appraised of their work at your schools with students and staff as well as their calendar, necessary changes, etc. 


    If you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.


    The Exceptional Children Department