Woodland Hills may address issues through school justice program – Pennsylvania News

Woodland Hills may address issues through school justice program – Pennsylvania News

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The Woodland Hills school board Wednesday discussed initiatives to address student discipline, campus climate and public trust in the district.

Superintendent Alan Johnson presented a proposal to participate in the School Justice Partnership.

The district was invited by the Allegheny County Juvenile Courts based on the program’s record of improving disciplinary issues, Johnson said.

The partnership involves the district, law enforcement, county courts and department of human services and establishes alternatives to student arrests or suspensions.

The School District of Philadelphia is the only other district in the state to participate in the program.

The board also discussed the formation of the Woodland Hills Commission on Youth Development and Learning at Wednesday’s meeting.

The district first announced the move to establish the commission last week.

Officials are tapping 15 to 20 community volunteers — parents, teachers, clergy, business professionals, law enforcement and community leaders — to serve on the independent body.

Two co-chairs were named last week: Karen Farmer White, education advocate and a former vice president of education at WQED Multimedia; and Jerry Zahorchak, a retired superintendent and former Pennsylvania education secretary from 2006-10.

Community members can voice their input by contacting the group by email at commission@whsd.net.

The district is still reaching out to prospective members. Johnson said more details will be announced next week.

The commission has five focus areas:…

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