Officer may be sent to schools

first_img(661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Representatives of the Antelope Valley’s Principal’s Administrative Unit are in talks with county leaders that soon could bring at least one full-time probation officer to its 10 area alternative schools. The alternative education schools – operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education – serve approximately 300 students, many of whom have troubled backgrounds – and some who have been expelled from local high schools and middle schools. PAU Principal James Norris and other PAU officials say a probation officer is needed to address public-safety concerns on the campuses and in surrounding neighborhoods. Of particular concern from a public-safety standpoint is the Antelope Valley PAU’s main campus, Technology Drive Community Day School on 10th Street West and Technology Drive in Palmdale. Norris already has met with Norm Hickling, an aide to 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. He said he plans to meet with Hickling and sheriff’s and probation officials to discuss the matter in a collaborative setting. Norris said he hopes to establish the groundwork for such discussions at an April 10 meeting with probation supervisor Monica Pimentel. “There’s no greater protection than having a probation officer or a sheriff there that has a relationship with the kids,” Norris said. “We’re very excited because it looks like something that’s going to come to fruition.” Hickling indicated that the idea of bringing a law enforcement presence to the alternative schools makes sense, but said it’s necessary to involve sheriff’s and probation officials before officially recommending that his boss take action. [email protected] last_img read more