Glades County DJJ Quarterly Meetings October 18, 2007 Glades County School District Board Room Minutes Meeting called to order at 1pm by Scott Bass, chairman In attendance: Scott Bass-chairman, Judi Saint-Sommer, Laura Viana- probation, Shana Feren-probation, Donald Watts-Resource Officer, Judge Jack Lundy, Mike Pressley, Sheriff Stuart Whiddon, Denise Rummans, Rev.Thom Street, Jean Prowant-Principal, Pastor Genevia Boyd, Maria Leavy-Truancy Officer, Gregg Miller, Eloyna Valerio Minutes from the meeting of April 19, 2007, were approved by Judge Lundy and Sheriff Whiddon Election of council secretary - approved Eloyna Valerio. Introduced School resource officers-Deputy Donald Watts and Jim Griffin. DJJ updates-Judi discuss the new change for grants that we have applied for is now to be submitted every three years instead of yearly. Shelter funds and prevention programs have been set as a priority by circuit. Truancy Officer update-Maria indicated the absences have improved this school year. Maria has been working closely with Denise and e-mailing all tardies, referrals, all 5 or more attendance to Denise. Truancy Court update-2 new cases have come up. Parents and students from court last year still attending court for now, until Judge Lundy releases them. Sheriff Office update- Sheriff Whiddon discussed the process of juvenile curfew that’s going to be ran like Ft. Myers Beach curfew. Juveniles under 18 must be at home by 11:00pm unless with a parent, coming from work or a school function. Students that are suspended from school need to be in their homes from 8am-3pm and are not allow within 1000 feet from school. If the child is caught, he/she will be picked up and the child as well as the parents will be fine and report to court. Sheriff Whiddon stated he is researching other counties that have a juvenile curfew and he believes this will lower the burglaries, fights and crimes that juveniles are committing within Glades County. Sheriff Whiddon states this issue is juvenile prevention, it’s to protect not to punish. Sheriff will provide more details on the curfew once it’s approved. Glades County Schools Report-Principal Jean Prowant reported a decrease in student discipline for the last four years. Mrs. Prowant handed out a packet with the numbers of referral that compares from 4 years ago to this school year as of 10/18/07. The charts show improvement in all the categories of behavior problems. Mrs. Prowant also stated the school had an activity for those who haven’t got a referral for the first nine weeks for this school year and stated that over 200 students participated and were reward for their good behavior. This reward is part of the PBS (positive behavior support) program. Discussion of agency collaboration-The district has seen changes that are helping are youth. Shana is working closely with the school with students that have probation. Students that break their probation do get arrested at school. Shana stated the school and everyone else have been working together and it has been helpful to her to get the right information about a child and give the right information to the school about a case. Shana also stated that a child can’t just get arrested and send him/her away, will need to educate and change the problem not send away were the problem is just going to get worst because in a lot a cases the child has to be on a waiting list to even go to a shelter it can take weeks to months for this process. Shana passed out an overview of the street delinquency process. Rev. Thom Street and Pastor Boyd have been providing counseling for those who need it and have seen a difference and improvement. Open item- Rev. Street handed out information about a shelter that is provide by the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home that’s located near Lakeland. The shelter serves as foster care it can be short term or long term until the child turns 18yrs. Next meeting -1/17/08 at 1pm at Glades County School Board Room.
Pages to are hidden for
"Glades County"Please download to view full document