- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Greenville Public School District this year won’t have as much money to provide educational services for students housed at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1Ln12Ay) the Gregg School, which provides educational services for students housed at the detention center, will get about $34,000 in federal funds this year. Last year, the district received about $72,500.

Federal Programs Director Sherry Jackson told the district’s Neglected & Delinquent Collaboration meeting on Wednesday that the funds are generated based on a student count that’s completed during October of the previous school year. Because the number of students at the site in October 2014 was lower than the number for October 2013, the allocation was reduced.

The Gregg School is monitored by the director of the Greenville Public School District’s Office of State and Federal Programs. The detention center, however, is used by all four districts in Washington County including Leland, Hollandale, Greenville and Western Line school districts. And, Jackson said, all costs and expenses, including supplies, equipment or educational materials accrued at the center are split equally among the four districts.

Jackson said the funding for the school goes toward a variety of things to ensure the facility operates efficiently.

“The funding for the Gregg School goes toward hiring teachers, purchasing educational material and supplies, purchasing classroom materials, aides, educational counselors, parental involvement activities, transition services and drug and alcohol abuse counseling,” Jackson said.


Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com

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