Typically, when a juvenile is suspended or expelled from school, they are assigned a teacher who sees them about four hours per week, said Penny Fisher, assistant superintendent of pupil services for Putnam County Schools.
"[Juveniles] could get in more trouble at home when their parents are at work," Fisher said.
Now, when ordered by a judge, students will be expected to attend the center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunches prepared at Winfield Middle School will be delivered to the center.
There are six similar programs around the state, said David Hill, director of the Putnam center.
"Here," Hill said, "instead of being homebound, they'll get taught in a school setting."
Juveniles also will participate in group therapy, substance-abuse counseling and anger management. They will be taught life skills and undergo drug tests.
"This is a landmark day. I don't want you to make any mistake about it, this is a landmark day in Putnam County," said Stowers, applauding the commitment from the county's Board of Education and court officials. He especially thanked Spaulding, who he said is the inspiration behind the program.
"All of these youths he's worked with for years as a public official," Stowers said. "And they will continue throughout this center's life to know his name and have an influence on what happens in their lives."
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