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Juvenile officer added to HS

County juvenile office adds student supports at CJHS

The Carl Junction Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jasper County Juvenile Court on Monday evening. With this agreement, the Juvenile Office agrees to place an officer at Carl Junction High School with the goal of keeping at-risk students in school and still able to receive the services that they need. Carl Junction High School is the most recent school to join in this partnership following Joplin, Carthage, and Webb City.

“The Jasper County Juvenile Office is the first in the state of Missouri to recognize the need to have student-centered, non-punitive, daily interactions in an educational environment with students,” said High School Assistant Principal Kyle Williams.

Beginning in January, Juvenile Officer Kalleigh Richardson will begin on-site support and intervention with CJHS students who are currently receiving services from the Jasper County Juvenile Office including Diversion Court or Truancy programs.

“This does not change what we do regarding our policies and procedures, it just adds another layer of support for our students and their families that is on-site to ensure that kids stay in school,” added Williams.

The Juvenile Office will also be working with the Wellness Committee to establish an anti-vaping educational program.

In October, the Carl Junction School District and the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence recognized Judges Gayle Crane and Joe Hensley and the Jasper County Juvenile Office as a Friend of Education at their annual Celebration of Schools.