Chatham County Juvenile Summit works to keep kids in school, out of court

By Michelle Barclay, Assistant Director, Children, Families and the Courts

Chatham County Juvenile Court Hosted a School Justice Partnership Summit on March 27, 2015. The goal of the summit and the partnership is to keep kids in school and out of court.

"We are starting a conversation to get Chatham County to change the climate, not only in the schools, but the county itself and how we deal with children with behavior issues,” said Juvenile Judge Leroy Burke II.
 
Speakers for the March 27 summit included:  GA DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles; GA Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs; GA DOE Deputy State Superintendent for Policy Dr. Garry McGiboney; DeKalb County Juvenile Court Judge Vincent Crawford; Chatham County Juvenile Court Judge LeRoy Burke: Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Lockamy;  Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Director of Student Affairs Dr. Quentina Miller-Fields, and attorney and former Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Hill of Georgia Appleseed.
 
The summit was hosted by the Chatham County Juvenile Court, and with assistance and sponsorship from the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the State Bar of Georgia, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Barton Child Law and Policy Center of Emory University School of Law. 
 
Archived video and powerpoints are here: https://livestream.com/accounts/7043450/events/3894125
More information on the summit is here: http://cjcc.georgia.gov/dmc
School Climate Ratings for all of GA is here:  http://bit.ly/1O0Njhu

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