Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program:

This program is designed to give the students the tools to handle disagreements among themselves before they become violent. This is accomplished without discipline from the administration.

2. When was the program created and why?

The program was first used in Akron Public Schools seven years ago. The hope was to make students more responsible for their actions.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

The programís success is measured in feedback from students, the staff and the fewer incidents which administrators have had to handle.

4. How is the program financed?

The program is financed through the Board of Education and administered through the Drug Prevention office.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

There is no community involvement. Most parents like the idea of the students being held responsible for their actions and to find their own solutions.

6. Contact Person:

Merle Bennet, Akron Public Schools, Drug Free Schools Office, 65 Steiner Ave., Akron, OH 44301. (330) 761-3066, FAX (330) 761-3240 .

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