Seen 'n Heard - Nov,
1999 Issue (page 2)
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CAROL MAXYM TOURS BONNERS FERRY
(October 7, 1999) Carol Maxym, CMAXYM@aol.com, stopped by Woodbury Reports during a whirlwind
tour of the North Idaho CEDU Schools. Carol was the Dean of Students at John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and
now plans to establish an educational consulting business in San Diego, California with a branch office in Honolulu, Hawaii.
(October 8, 1999) The Honolulu Star-Bulletin online edition, carried a story entitled “Money
probe stretches from Texas to Laie.” It asserts “Authorities in Texas are investigating as much as $4.7 million allegedly missing
in workers compensation funds that were handled by a man who opened a controversial teen-reform camp in Laie, according to news reports
and investigators there.” The man identified, Mekeli Ieremia, the chief executive officer of the Aloha Youth Academy in Laie, Hawaii,
which has been at the center of a recent controversy (see Seen n’Heard, Woodbury Reports Issue #62), asserts he never came under any
investigation, and that he voluntarily resigned his position in El Paso on advice of his attorney.
(October 9, 1999) A Seen n’Heard item in the October 1999 issue #62 of Woodbury Reports’ Places for Struggling Teens, p. 29, regarding
the criticism of the Aloha Youth Academy in Hawaii, should have read “the local TV CBS affiliate (KGMB)…” instead of referring to
them as a radio affiliate.
RECORD VISITS ONLINE
The month of October, 1999 saw more than 23, 000 visitors to Woodbury Reports Online. SECOND
NATURE ADDS “CO-THERAPIST” (October 10, 1999) Scott Canter, Director of Admissions for Second Nature, a clinically oriented short-term
wilderness program, operating in Utah, 818-906-9611, announced the adoption of a “Co-Therapist Model” for their program. This means
two therapists will now work with each group. Each student will still have a primary therapist, but will benefit from having a second
one available also. This allows a reduction in each therapist’s caseload, and students and families will receive more quality time
with their primary therapist.
EXPLORATIONS TRIPS FOR SUSPENSIONS
(October 12, 1999) Explorations, Trout Creek, Montana, 406-827-3863, owned and operated by Lorne Riddell and Penny James-Riddle, hired
Monte McConnell to handle very short-term experiences for students suspended from school. A trip might be only ten days, and can include
a session with a psychologist on the last day of the program, if requested.
MOUNT BACHELOR ACADEMY SHORTENS PROGRAM
(October 13, 1999) Sharon M. Bitz, Executive Director of Mt. Bachelor Academy,
Prineville, Oregon, 800-462-3404, announced starting January 2000, the school will be implementing ways to make the median length
of stay 14-16 months instead of the current 20-30 months. This has been the result of extensive staff meetings to find ways to lighten
the financial burden on parents by shortening the time a student needs to be at Mount Bachelor Academy, while maintaining the same
quality and impact the school has always provided. Bitz emphasized that this will not be a hard and fast rule, since some students
might still need the longer period of time.
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