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Juvenile Hall Teachers Work Toward Graduations

It’s not something that is thought about very often, but kids incarcerated at Juvenile Hall need an education too. Sugarloaf Mountain School serves the Nevada County Juvenile Hall facility. Principal Lisa Sanford says the population is usually 12 to 18 students in what she calls a nurturing environment…

Listen to Lisa Sanford 1

Boys and girls are segregated at the facility, so there are two teachers, a special education teacher who comes in twice a week, and numerous probation staff help out. Dennis Desmond is one of the teachers, and says discipline is not as big of a problem as you might think…

Listen to Dennis Desmond

And there are graduations, either for high school or junior high, and they hold a ceremony, which both Sanford and Desmond say are quite special…

Listen to Lisa Sanford 2

Sugarloaf Mountain averages about a half-dozen graduations a year. The school opened in 2007.

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