Organizational Framework

The Organizational Framework element contains six structural components: (a) program definition and philosophy, (b) guidance and counseling program facilities, (c) advisory council, (d) guidance and counseling resources, (e) staffing patterns, and (f) budget.  These provide the operational direction for the program.  Through the strategic planning process, the guiding philosophy of the program is developed.  This becomes the framework from which all subsequent decisions regarding the Warrensburg R-VI Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program are made. 

In addition, the Organizational Framework contains four program components, which are outlined in this section:  guidance and counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support.  A suggested distribution of professional school time is also included.

Guidance and Counseling Program Facilities

To implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program, it is recommended that a guidance and counseling area be established in each building.  The guidance and counseling center needs to be large enough to adequately house all of the program’s personnel, resources and equipment.  The center should be accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.  The minimum requirements for a guidance and counseling center are:

                        >A well-organized display of resource materials and equipment

                        >Private offices, properly equipped and sound-proofed

                        >Adequate space for individual, small and large-group use

                        >Adequate storage space

Facilities that meet these requirements will increase program effectiveness, adding strength to the comprehensive guidance and counseling program.  Facilities at the elementary, middle and high schools in the Warrensburg R-VI School District all meet the desired guidelines set by the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program.


Advisory Council

The Warrensburg R-VI Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Advisory Council provides support, offers advice, reviews activities, and encourages new activities to meet the goals of the guidance program.  The Warrensburg R-VI Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Advisory Council may include school board members, school staff, parents, students, and community leaders.  Members are on a three-year rotation and meet twice each school year.

Guidance and Counseling Resources

The Warrensburg R-VI Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program has appropriate guidance resources that are used for each of the program components, (Guidance and Counseling Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support).  These resources include:

                        >Equipment and materials

                        >Staff expertise

                        >Community resources

Staffing Patterns

The following organizational chart shows the identity of each counselor employed in the Warrensburg R-VI School District and his/her caseload compared to the state standards for counselor/pupil ratio.  It includes the counselor/administrative relationships and the adequate secretarial and clerical support personnel assigned to the program to ensure effective program delivery.


Budget

The Warrensburg R-VI Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program’s budget is included in the district’s budget planning process.  It is established annually to ensure that the program is developed, implemented, and managed effectively.  This budget is separate from the district’s testing budget.