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Licking Regional ESC


Phoenix Central

Mission Statement




Phoenix Central serves our regional districts to provide the least restrictive environment for students who have not been able to learn effectively in a traditional school environment due to their psychological, behavioral, and/or emotional stressors. Phoenix focuses on social/emotional growth, academic remediation, credit recovery, and behavioral stabilization through a lower staff to student ratio as well as intensive social/emotional, mental and behavioral interventions. Students participate in groups and individual sessions to build coping skills and self-esteem with an ultimate goal of being able to return to school in their community while increasing self-regulation, self-awareness and continued academic growth.


Our mission is to enhance lives by providing a safe, inviting and masterfully taught individualized behavioral and academic service to children with social and emotional needs. Using Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS) and trauma informed practices as a proactive approach to establish behavior supports and the social culture needed for our students to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), students will learn and practice the skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions – all skills critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker.

Managing student behavior is the collaborative responsibility of students, staff, parent/guardians, and community resources working together.

The goal of our classroom behavior management is to provide a safe, inviting and masterfully taught environment for students to learn self-regulatory strategies and coping skills, for the ultimate achievement of self-management and personal growth. 


Phoenix Central

Our Mission:

to enhance lives by providing individualized behavioral and academic services to children with social and emotional needs.

We believe that:

managing student behavior is the responsibility of students and staff working together.

The goal of our classroom behavior management effort is:

to provide a safe environment while preparing the student to self-manage.

We will achieve our goal by:

being consistent and working as a team.

Guidelines for our Program:

  • At the time of enrollment the IEP Team must feel that behavior is the area of greatest concern for the student. We will focus on the student’s behavioral needs first followed by academics.
  • Lessons are adapted to the student’s academic level of need as established by the IEP Team. All work is Ohio Content Standards based.
  • Remedial instruction  is utilized when appropriate.
  • Teaching and Paraprofessional Staff are trained in techniques of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
  • School-based Social Services are provided by our mental health therapists. 
  • We maintain constant communication with home through daily behavior charting and IEP services.


General Information

Phoenix Central
Serving School Age Students with complex social, emotional and behavioral needs
116 West Church Street
Newark, Ohio 43055
Director: Mason Davis [email protected]
BCBA: Dimitri Makridis [email protected]
LISW: Angie Moore  [email protected]
Administrative Asst.: Cathy Helton  [email protected]
School Day 7:25 am - 2:10 pm 
Instructional Time 7:50 am -1:50 pm
Arrival Time 7:25 am - 7:50 pm
Dismissal Time 1:50 pm - 2:10 pm