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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
A new program in Greene County aimed at helping troubled teens make better choices will be provided at the former boys residential treatment center, which was shut down in January and is being renovated.
Youths who end up in the juvenile court system may have the opportunity to be diverted into the new intervention program as opposed to other options, including being kept at the juvenile detention center, according to juvenile court officials.
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Greene County Juvenile Judge Adolfo A. Tornichio said the new program is an “evidence-based” approach to intervention.
Tornichio said the former residential treatment centers were closed down in part because “times change, people change.”
“What worked 35 years ago is not the same today,” he said. “Greene County, Ohio, in 2018 is not the same Greene County it was in 1981 or ‘82. I think the real key difference is those evidence-based programs have been in use throughout juvenile courts across this country where you can quantify what the success rate is.”
Old carpeting is being ripped up and new coats of paint are going on the walls at the the former boys home, 701 Dayton Xenia Road.
Grant funding of $33,000 from the Ohio Department of Youth Services is being set aside to pay for the renovation work, said Amy Lewis, Greene County court administrator/magistrate.
Sixteen juveniles will be chosen for the program each month, and they will be picked up on a daily basis and transported to the intervention center, where they will receive counseling if needed on drug and alcohol treatment and on dealing with mental health issues, Lewis said.
“We want to work with youth who are moderate- to high-risk to re-offend so that they don’t come in with more serious offenses,” Lewis said. “The kids will be referred by a diversion or probation officer. Our goal is to teach them life lessons and skills, get them tutoring assistance, see where they’re struggling. We will have staff that report there to work with the kids as well.”
Lewis said there will be jobs for the youths at the center, and they will need to apply for a job and go through an interview process, similar to what an adult must do to get a job. In addition, the youths will receive tutoring assistance that is provided by tutors from Xenia Community Schools.
Lewis said they plan to start a 4H program at the center, and there will be gardening. She said they are getting assistance from the Ohio State University Extension Office, and the plan is to install a greenhouse in the backyard later this year. She said food that is grown there will be donated, providing fresh produce to families-in-need or food pantries.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
PERRY TWP. — Crews are responding to South Wolf Creek Pike on a reported stabbing that occurred late Tuesday night.
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Initial reports indicate a person was possibly stabbed in the 11000 block around 11:35 p.m., reportedly prompting officials to request additional units.
We’re working to learn more details and will continue to update this story with more.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:58 PM
— Dayton Public Schools intended to wrap up its major reshuffling of school principals Tuesday night, but the new principal of Belmont High School backed out of the job minutes before the school board was about to approve his hiring.
Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Toron Wooldridge, who has served as a principal in the Houston, Texas, school district, had been a very good candidate to become principal.
“The person who had accepted the job two weeks ago contacted us about five minutes before the board meeting and requested to be removed from the agenda,” Lolli said, adding that she didn’t know Wooldridge’s reasoning. Wooldridge could not be reached for comment.
After the board meeting, Lolli said DPS already has a plan in place for Belmont.
“It’s taken care of,” she said, but wouldn’t say who will run Belmont this fall.
Belmont had numerous problems with threats and fights inside and outside the building in the past year. In the spring, DPS acknowledged that fights were “occurring regularly” and replaced Principal Melanie Walter with a team of staffers who oversaw the final months of the school year.
In May, DPS announced that Principal Donetrus Hill would switch schools this fall, leaving Meadowdale to take the Belmont job. But then Hill was named Chief of Curriculum and Instruction for math and science this summer, leaving the Belmont job open again. Wooldridge was to fill that spot, but now Belmont families will have to wait a little longer to find out who the new principal is.
DPS will strengthen its security staff this fall, hiring an additional nine school resource officers to bring the district’s total to 36, officials said Tuesday.
Richard Wright, executive director of safety and security for DPS, said the increase in resource officer staffing is part of an overall effort to make security more effective in the district. DPS is one of the few local districts to use metal detectors as a deterrent. But unlike many schools, its officers are not armed.
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“With everything that’s been going on nationally, we started to plan to bring in more SROs, to upgrade our camera systems, to add the ALICE training,” Wright said, referring to active shooter/threat training. “You don’t want to be reactive. We’re putting feet on the ground and more eyes in the building, and that makes (security) easier to manage.”
Wright said there will be two SROs at each of the six DPS high schools and three middle schools. Each elementary school will have one SRO. Last year, each middle school had one SRO and some elementary schools had to share.
Wright said with more robust staffing, district security will be able to build good relationships with more students and staff, and be able to send a stronger response from neighboring schools in the case of a major incident.
“We’re very serious about the security and the safety of our students,” Lolli said. “We want to make sure that safety is a priority in this school district.”
** Elbert Seard was hired as principal of Meadowdale High School on Tuesday. Seard had been an assistant principal at Thurgood Marshall High School. Nelson Stone, assigned the Meadowdale job two months ago, will now be principal at Ponitz Career Tech Center, replacing Ray Caruthers, who left to become principal of Trotwood-Madison High School.
** Lyle Cole was hired as boys basketball coach for Dunbar High School. Cole, who coached at Belmont earlier this decade, is a business teacher at Dunbar and is the uncle of former Dunbar and NBA star Norris Cole. Dunbar was coached last year by Chuck Taylor, but eligibility errors led to a legal fight and punishment from the OHSAA. Dunbar’s boys are ineligible for the 2019 postseason tournament.
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
KETTERING — UPDATE @ 9 a.m. (July 17):
A 21-year-old Dayton man was cited for failure to control in a Saturday crash after he drove off South Dixie Drive and crashed into Keily Gallery in Kettering.
A crash report shows Jordan Boston was believed to be going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone around 10:40 a.m. when he left the road and crashed into the antique shop, 2382 S. Dixie Drive.
Witnesses reported Boston speeding, however the 21-year-old told police his brakes locked up causing him to crash.
The building needed emergency construction to secure it.
A blue Ford Fusion crashed into an antique shop this morning while the owner of the store was inside in Kettering.
The crash happened at 10:40 a.m. at Keily Gallery, 2382 S. Dixie Drive.
The owner told us he was in the shop working on renovations when the driver went off South Dixie Drive while speeding and crashed into his shop.
He said he was working where the car broke through the window just minutes before the wreck. He had moved to another part of his shop.
The owner said he had just bought the location and was working to get it open.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
It’s not known if the driver suffered any injuries.