State hires new director of juvenile establishments | Crime & justice

A new superintendent is hired to help run Maryland schools for troubled youth, starting in January.

The juvenile services education program, which Governor Larry Hogan (R) promulgated in July, has started the process of finding a new superintendent, who will be responsible for managing the education of all children in the institutions. treatment for minors in the state.

“Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important positions on the board of directors (of the juvenile services education program),” said Grace Reusing, chair of the board of directors, in a statement. recent press release.

In the same statement, Reusing added, “We are conducting a rigorous national research and plan to put the new superintendent in place by January 2022.”

Reuse told Capital News Service the superintendent would address issues around teacher pay and retention. While whoever holds the position will not have the power to raise salaries, he or she will be able to propose these changes to the Legislature.

One of the biggest challenges facilities face, according to Reusing, is keeping teachers employed. She said this is because they don’t get paid as much as they would in a community school and work year round.

Likewise, students enter and leave facilities all year round. Reusing said the new superintendent would help implement a more career-focused curriculum for students, who currently receive six hours of instruction per day.

Currently, Juvenile Services Education Program schools teach approximately 3,500 students aged 15 to 18 per year. The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services operates 12 residential treatment and detention centers across the state, and one school operates on each campus.

The job description, posted on the State of Maryland Job Opportunities website, states that “The JSEP Superintendent will advocate for equitable, high quality, holistic and individualized education for a unique student body, identify metrics and communicate the high expectations for the JSEP, and lead transformation efforts.

According to the press release announcing the start of recruitments, the post will be open for applications until the end of October.

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