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Seen 'n Heard - Jun, 1998 Issue (page 3)

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50+ acres in Central California, 5 miles south of Porterville. This former residential care facility is 3 hours north of Los Angeles and 3.5 hours SE of San Francisco. There are 16 buildings containing over 96,000 square feet. The property can currently house 100 people and has a potential of housing 200 in existing buildings. The improved portion of the property is on approximately 20 acres, leaving more than 30 acres of unimproved land. Possible uses of the land include medical care facility, youth camp, rehabilitation center, long-term care, detention facility, religious retreat, etc. For further information, contact Mark D. Augustine 805-832-1806, Karpe Real Estate Center or view their web page at: http://www.facilityforsale.com/ 

Montana Academy, outside Kalispell, Montana, has two key positions open. They are looking for a Therapist & Team Leader. Minimum qualifications are a BA and 3 years clinical experience, prefer clinical MA and 5 years. Must be a competent individual, group and family training, ready for outdoor adventure. The Headmaster/-mistress is needed for program leadership, staff direction and campus management. Minimum qualifications are a BA and 5 year’s administrative experience, prefer MA plus boarding/therapeutic school management. Montana Academy is a growing residential therapeutic school for teens. If interested, send CV to J. McKinnon MD and J. Santa Ph.D., Montana Academy, 17 2nd St. E., #205, Kalispell, Montana 59901. Fax: (406) 755-3150. E-mail jamck@digisys.net. (A more complete description is contained in the Employment & Opportunities page on StrugglingTeens.com.

DeSisto School, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 413-298-4032, announced the summer schedule of their Stockbridge Cabaret, the “Berkshires’ Longest Running Supper Club.” The Cabaret opens on 4th of July weekend, and the Dinner Theatre at the Mansion opens July 7 and ends August 27, running every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. The July Dinner Theatre features Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythms” and the August show is Pippin. The Cabaret features a long list of well-known actors, actresses, musicians, writers and producers participating. 

Swift River Academy in Cummington, Massachusetts, 800-258-1770, is the relatively new sister school to Mount Bachelor Academy in Bend Oregon. New staff hires include Rudy Bentz as Dean of Student Life. Rudy has 17 years experience with the CEDU Schools in California, and Hidden Lake Academy in Georgia. Also Jill Bentz is the Director of Training. Jill also had worked for 17 years in key positions at the CEDU Schools and Hidden Lake Academy. Other hires include Brian A. Ray as Associate Dean for Admissions, formerly with Hidden Lake Academy, Andrew Locke, Bill Mercier, and Dominique Bressi as Teacher/Mentors, Jeremy McGeorge as experiential educator, formerly with Aspen Achievement Academy, Erica Ray, as intake counselor, and Vince Schmidt as Lower Division Head, formerly a therapist at Hidden Lake Academy. 

A series of articles for the News-Journal Online, in Daytona Beach, Florida, concluded that the $8 million put into the Florida program of bootcamps has not lived up to anticipations. Critics point out that “The teenage boys who completed state boot camp programs fared no better than kids who graduated from other programs for troubled youths, such as counseling or detention centers, according to state reports.” Critics also point out that “64 percent of boot camp graduates statewide are arrested again within a year….” Supporters claim the disappointing results are caused by several factors, including that the four-month program is too short, the boys return to all the problems of their old environment, and civilian follow-up is inadequate. 

The former Swan River Boot Camp property, a school trust land near Condon, Montana, which has been vacant since last November, is available for lease through a competitive bidding process. The 66 acre fully developed facility, now called Swan Valley Retreat, is seen as suited for “a private school which includes outdoor training as part of its curriculum; a spiritual retreat; a base camp for natural resource study and training; or a health and fitness center utilizing outdoor experiences.” For further information, contact Kathy Hubbell at 888-443-6040, svr@montana.com, or visit them on the internet.

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