A new alternative school for Tazewell County Public Schools is in the making. It’s called Placement Academy. Placement Academy is an alternative placement for middle and high school students who have behavioral problems in Tazewell County Public Schools. Director of Secondary Education Dr. Gary Williams says it’s a way for students to keep up with their assignments.
Williams said, “As far as how long they may have to be in the academy and can work their way back to school for instance if it’s a 10 day suspension, possibility could be within 5 days if they have corrected behavior.”
The Placement Academy will be in the Fiber Optics Room at the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center. Williams says they hope to open up on October 19, 2016. They may have approximately 12 students.
Jessica Muncy has 2 children currently enrolled in Tazewell County Public Schools. She thinks Placement Academy will give troubled students more opportunities.
Muncy said, “These kids today can be our lawyers and doctors tomorrow. All kids go through different issues growing up. To help them stay afloat, I think it’s great they’re putting this back in place.”
Students will be considered by an eligibility committee. Williams says they want to involve community service. Psychological services will also be offered as well as counseling.
10 years ago, Tazewell County Public Schools had an alternative school program that was housed at Clinch Valley Community Action.