Midlothian ISD Kay Lynn Day at Ellis County Alternative Education Center
Center for Alternative Education for Juvenile Justice
WAXAHACHIE – Last Friday, the inauguration of the new Ellis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Center took place in Waxahachie.
Among the school ISDs in attendance was ISD Midlothian Deputy Superintendent Kay Lynn Day.
Day, as well as the Superintendents of Italy and Ennis ISD spoke briefly at the inauguration, led by Ellis County Judge Todd Little.
“We are thrilled with the partnership with County and County School Districts of Ellis,” Day said after the event.
Other attendees included Ellis County Judge Bob Carroll, Ellis County Commissioner Lane Grayson, law enforcement staff including Ellis County Sheriff Brad Norman, as well as than other city employees and guests.
Any county in Texas over 120,000 is required by the state to implement a JJAEP program. Currently, if a person is not 18 and commits a misdemeanor or felony, he can be imprisoned. When this facility is complete, people under the age of 18 will instead go into the juvenile justice alternative detention program.
“Ellis County had a specific exemption that since we are not 180,000 we were exempted from providing a JJAEP and that happened in 2001, but we expect that in October when we’ll get the census results, we’ll be way over 180,000, “Petit says.” So two years ago we started this planning process for the JJAEP program. “
Director Darrin Robinson
At the grand opening, Little introduced new JJAEP administrator Darrin Robinson.
Robinson, a graduate of Ennis High School with honors and a graduate of UTA, has been doing this kind of work for the past 16 years and started with child welfare services.
He said he believed this was the place for him because he understood these children from personal experience.
“Whatever the reason God took over my life and I have never been incarcerated before,” said Robinson. “I know the trauma, I know the tragedy and I know what families go through and what parents go through without understanding how to help. “
This facility is the premier juvenile justice program in the county. Robinson will function as the superintendent of a school and there will be a capacity of 48 students and two and a half teachers.
The establishment will open in September.
“We worked on this project for three years to serve as an additional resource,” Day concluded.