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17 Teens in Louisiana May Return to School after time at Boot Camp

The first group to successfully complete the new “Boot Camp” at Northwood High should be back at their usual schools before the month is out.

Northwood High Principal Rhea Marrs and Commander Sgt. Marvin Vernon summarized the progress of new alternative program for Tangipahoa School Board members.

About the New Boot Camp Program

The program gives students 12 years old and up an alternative to suspension.

Those who attend every day and accrue the maximum number of points each day can return to their home base school in 45 days. Those who don't accrue the necessary points stay longer.

Seventeen of the 173 students there should complete the course and return to their normal schools by Oct. 26.
The next group could move back to their schools by Nov. 15 and another by Dec. 14.

Not all the students are progressing as quickly, Vernon reported.

Board member Sandra Bailey-Simmons asked if the school system had to pay for the military uniforms the students wear.

Retired Marine Keeping this Program for Troubled Teens Alive

Vernon, a retired Marine, said he has gotten enough uniforms donated from the U.S. Marine Corp to last the school system for at least six years.

“It's called scrounging,” board member Al Link said.

Board member Ann Smith asked if some students like the extra discipline and training of the “Boot Camp

Vernon said some do and have the opportunity to join the Young Marine program at their home schools.

Superintendent Mark Kolwe congratulated Marrs and Vernon, calling them “the right people in the right place.”

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