Deal Means Juvenile Inmates Likely Won’t be Bussed to Jim Thorpe Area High

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JIM THORPE — Officials with the Jim Thorpe Area School District today confirm they’ve reached a deal that allows a school inside a local juvenile detention center to stay open.

Without a deal, parents and teachers schools feared the kids with criminal records would be bussed from the lock-up to Jim Thorpe Area High School to attend school, which opens in 12 days.

All summer students at Jim Thorpe did not know if they would soon be going to school with other kids serving time at the detention center 12 miles away.

“I was a little concerned, knowing that they were at Camp Adams,” said incoming freshman Brian Denterman

“I would try a virtual online school, because that would be an option just to keep my children away from potential harm,” added Janet Kath, whose daughter will be a freshman at the high school.

But now it appears, all or most of the 50 juvenile inmates at Camp Adams will not be bussed to Jim Thorpe Area High.

“We just received a signed agreement,” said Superintendent Brian Gasper.

He says the deal keeps the school inside Camp Adams open.

Two months ago, representatives of Youth Services Agency, which operates Camp Adams, considered closing the school because of high costs.

And because Camp Adams is in the Jim Thorpe district, the district would have to take responsiblity for educating offenders.

But instead of busing the kids to Jim Thorpe Area High, the district will provide Camp Adams with a couple of teachers so the camp’s school can stay open.

“We are definitely hoping it’s going to be a minimum to the school district and not to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” added Gasper, who says the cost of helping Camp Adams will not force program cuts or a potential tax hike.

Sources close to the deal say there still could be one or two students at Camp Adams, that could be sent to Jim Thorpe Area High School.  But these students would have to have good grades and have committed crimes considered non-violent.

Sources say even these juveniles are more likely to stay at the Camp school because most are serving 60-90 day terms.

At Jim Thorpe area high, students and parents welcomed the news of the deal.

“Everyone is entitled to an education, but I`m happy that the situation is all said and done with,” said Brain Denterman.

The deal still needs to be approved by the Jim Thorpe Area School Board. That is expected to happen sometime next week.


  • amelia

    Very relieved to hear this. I believe they made the right decision. There are enough things to worry about when you send your kids to school. Concerned you are an ignorant fool!

  • Concerned

    So what if the kids did minimal crimes, kids will be kids, I’m 100% sure the kids in Jim Thorpe are no better. Everyone is human , people make mistakes, get over it already it’s 2014, where’s the love. And to Scran-Tony, umm you are an idiot I’m sure you got stuff thrown at you, your probably an ugly geek- child molester…lol

  • Scran-Tony

    keep the kids in chains and shackles, and let the regular kids throw rotten fruit and vegetables at them as the walk own the hall like they did back in ancient times

  • Al

    You can’t have your cake and eat also. People don’t want it to be a burden on the school, but yet they don’t want the kids to come to their school district. I can understand if they would be sending students there that have serious offenses, but I am only guessing that wouldn’t have happened. So I guess the way parents look at these kids in this dwetention center is they screwed up the deserve no more chances. Just lock them up and throw away the keys.

  • K

    Mr. Gasper, why would you be more concerned about the money you receive for each student over the well-being of your general population of students? If it’s a temp situation, won’t you receive that money once these students return to school? Trying to throw the fact the school will lose money enough to exempt programs if parents protest juvenile delinquents interacting with their children is like extortion! You would lose MORE money when these parents make the decision to cyber-school their kids! Everyone is entitled to an education but not at the expense of the majority of the students’ well-being! have the kids at Camp Adams do cyber-school THERE until they get out!

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