Community to help John Hopkins Middle
Community groups are stepping up to offer help to John Hopkins Middle, the St. Petersburg school that has been rocked all year by brawls and more than 80 student arrests.
The Pinellas school district is working with them on an action plan that will include ways they can help with mentoring, tutoring, counseling and campus monitoring. A "J Hop Community Advisory Team" has also been formed, with members including ministers, city officials and representatives of community groups like the NAACP and Urban League. It met for the first time Tuesday night.
In related news, Superintendent Julie Janssen told School Board members Tuesday that four portable buildings were recently moved to Hopkins so the district could begin an on-campus suspension program for disruptive students.
Up to 60 students will be able to get academic assistance there, as well as other services, she said.
Board member Linda Lerner said the portables are "at least a start," but said there are other schools with similar problems that clearly need attention. Janet Clark agreed: "We kind of need to attack each school in the same way," she said.
Janssen responded, "This would be the beginning of a model."