Fourth time a charm for pro­gram?

Sen­tenc­ing plan goes be­fore AVUHSD Board

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer [email protected]­press.com

LAN­CASTER — An­te­lope Val­ley Union High School District’s four-mem­ber Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will try, for the fourth time, to ap­prove a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for an al­ter­na­tive sen­tenc­ing pro­gram that would give peo­ple con­victed of low-level crimes the op­por­tu­nity to seek ed­u­ca­tion in­stead of in­car­cer­a­tion.

AV Union High School District, An­te­lope Val­ley Col­lege, and the City of Lan­caster have been work­ing in co­or­di­na­tion with Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court to de­velop and im­ple­ment the educationa­l pro­gram.

In­di­vid­u­als who have been charged with and/or con­victed of low-level crimes, such as be­ing caught with drugs, or an of­fense that would get some­body 50 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice pick­ing up trash, can in­stead spend that time in the class­room. Those of­fend­ers who do not have a high school diploma can work to­ward their GED diploma. If they al­ready have one, they can go to col­lege in­stead.

The goal is to help par­tic­i­pants be­come a con­tribut­ing mem­ber of so­ci­ety.

AV Union High School District’s Board first con­sid­ered the pro­posed mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing at its Jan. 16 meet­ing. The Board voted 2-2 to ap­prove it with mem­bers Vic­to­ria Ruf­fin and Amanda Par­rell dis­sent­ing.

The item was also on the Board’s Jan. 23 and 30 agen­das. How­ever, the Board could take no ac­tion be­cause Ruf­fin and Par­rell failed to show up for those two meet­ings.

AV Com­mu­nity Col­lege District trus­tees ap­proved the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for the pro­gram Mon­day night.

The AV Union High School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. to­day in the Board room at the District of­fice, 44811 Sierra High­way.

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