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Seen 'n Heard - Oct, 1999 Issue (page 3)

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(September 10, 1999) In an front page article in the North Idaho edition of the Spokane Washington based Spokesman-Review, “Troubled Homes Academies For Wayward Youths Have Their Own Problems With Rules,” writer Susan Drumheller itemizes the complaints and repeats exaggerated rumors a few rigid critics are presenting against Elk Mountain Academy and Glacier Mountain Inc, schools for at-risk youth based outside Sandpoint, Idaho, while doing a limited and lack-luster job of presenting the schools’ side. 

(September 10, 1999) The Professional Development Department for the CEDU Family of Services, Sandpoint Idaho, announced the official beginning of CEDU University, a series of professional development growth classes open to faculty and staff at all campuses. Also, Bill Valentine, Director of Adult Education, has a new outdoor wilderness workshop for parents with parents on the ropes course, Alpine Tower, hikes, and more. 

September 13, 1999) Kenneth Steiner, Ph.D., Dean of Studies, The John Dewey Academy, 413-528-9800, ksteiner@jda.org, and Tom Bratter, President of The John Dewey Academy, announced Nancy Coiner has joined their faculty. She is a graduate of St. John’s College, earned a M.Phil. in Medieval English from Oxford University, and PhD. From Stanford University. She is a Rhodes scholar and has fifteen years teaching experience at Stanford University, Middlebury, Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges. Anne Blake, PhD. From the Institute of Shakespeare Studies, Birmington University (Great Britain) has switched to part-time status due to illness. Kenneth Steiner asserts, “The credentials of these two fine teachers gives us the best High School English Department in the United States, probably the world.” Tom Bratter said this hiring is a fairly unique event at the school because “There truly is no staff turn- over.”

(September 14, 1999) Rebecca Plona, Director of Admissions at The King George School, Sutton, Vermont, 800-218-5122, announced the school celebrated its first anniversary on September 6th with 25 students in grades 9 to 12. “Students represent 2 countries, twelve states, and all major geographical regions within the U.S.” They are continuing to expand their offerings into more artistic disciplines. 

(September 16, 1999) Anngela Ritter, Admissions Director for Wilderness Quest, a 12-step wilderness program, southern Utah, 208-522-1080, announced they have received Conditional Accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in June. RED ROCK CANYON SCHOOL OPENING (September 24, 1999) Red Rock Canyon School, a new youth program in Saint George, Utah, wants someone with strong communication and computer skills, and creative and innovative thinking, to fill a marketing position. Resumes only to Red Rock Canyon School, 747 East St. George Blvd., Saint George, Utah 84770. 

(September 27, 1999) Woodbury Reports Inc. announced the latest update of the Directory PLACES FOR STRUGGLING TEENS – 1999 is now available. First published in 1993, this is the 10th update. More than 200 schools and programs were in the initial list, out of which these 89 were selected. The schools and programs contained in the Directory represent more than 3,000 full time staff, enrolling approximately 11,000 students, with aggregate revenues in excess of $341 million. Copies can be ordered online through the Woodbury Reports Inc., or by phone 208-267-5550. 

(September 28, 1999) In its Seen n’Heard section on Montana Academy being featured in the August 4, 1999 issue of Education Week, we inadvertently gave the wrong number. The correct number for Montana Academy is 406-755-3149. 

(September 29, 1999) Thelma Hamblin, Director and Co-founder of Rainbow Hills in Victor, Idaho, 208- 787-3021, a new ranch program near the Targhee National Forest in Southeast Idaho, announced they currently have 3 openings. 

(September 29, 1999) The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, carried a story titled “Laie youth-reform facility subject of controversy,” by Susan Kreifels. The same day, the local radio CBS affiliate (KGMB) carried a story “Youth Home In Trouble.” Aloha Youth Academy opened up earlier this year and it has been reported its chief executive officer Mekeli Ieremia had been associated with New Hope Academy in Somoa before it was closed down in February accompanied by considerable controversy. At least three state agencies have serious concerns, and some ex-staff members, according to the article. Concerns include operating without a license and not paying back wages. Aloha Youth Academy director Jeff Pluemacher defended the Academy saying he believed the criticism is unfairly influenced by national news reports on alleged abuses at other such businesses in Samoa and elsewhere, insisting the Academy has no connection with New Hope in Somoa. 

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