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Gadsden County School Truancy Prevention Efforts Included In 2017 DJJ Budget Requests

MGN Online

Florida juvenile justice officials want to expand truancy prevention efforts for some North Florida kids. Meredith Stanfield is the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Legislative Affairs Director.

“We request $500,000 to expand truancy prevention services into Gadsden county, allowing the department to contract with AMIKids to provide a blended day and after school drop-out prevention program in Quincy, Florida to 50 middle and high school youth who will participate in the program in lieu of suspension or expulsion,” she said.

Earlier this month, Stanfield spoke during a meeting of the Public Safety Legislative Budget Review. That panel, led by the Governor’s Policy Coordinator for Public Safety, listened to law enforcement agencies’ 2017 budget requests.

Stanfield says her agency is also asking the Governor and state legislature for $5.8 million to implement a performance-based incentive program to help address high staff turnover.

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