The Barren County School System will be moving one of its programs to the Liberty District/Ralph Bunche Community Center beginning with the 2006-07 school year.

Members of the school board and the Liberty District/Ralph Bunche Community Center Collaboration’s board of directors announced their plans to form a partnership during a press conference Thursday night. The partnership will enable Barren County to move its Day Treatment Program from the Hillcrest Annex facility on Roseville Road to the Bunche Center.

The Day Treatment Program is a collaboration between the Barren County School System and Glasgow and Caverna Independent School districts and serves the needs of students placed under court orders or who are with Department of Juvenile Justice, Dan Belding, program coordinator, said.

“But we also serve other students through school referrals,” he said.

Dr. Jerry Ralston, superintendent of Barren County Schools, said he thinks the partnership between the school system and the Liberty District/Ralph Bunche Community Center Collaboration’s board of directors will be a great partnership.

“We think it’s going to provide some much needed space for one of our programs,” he said.

A proposal regarding the partnership was presented to the board for their consideration Thursday night.

The proposal called for the use of seven classrooms and one office on the second floor, and three offices on the first floor, as well as access to the gym, game room, outdoor recreation areas and cafeteria.

The Barren County School System will lease the space for a period of five years at a cost of $2,200 per month for a total of $26,400 per year. It also includes $2,400 per year for an additional classroom that is already being used to house the school system’s adult education program. Originally, that classroom was provided to the school system at no cost.

After reviewing the proposal, the board agreed to move ahead with the partnership and met with members of the Liberty District/Ralph Bunche Community Center Collaboration’s board of directors before making a public announcement.

Alma Glover, director of the Bunche Center, said she was excited about the new partnership.

“We are here to help the youth in our community. That’s our vision,” she said. “That’s our mission. So this partnership with the Barren County School District is perfectly aligned with our vision and mission statements. Our board is very excited and we welcome Barren County Schools with open arms.”

Bo Matthews, Barren County’s director of pupil personnel, worked closely in creating the agreement.

“We are extremely appreciative to Alma Glover and her board for their support of this effort,” he said. “The Barren County Board and the Bunche Center Board are all about helping people in our community experience success. What we’ve done here tonight will go a long way in doing just that.”

Ralston pointed out the school system’s agreement with the Liberty District/Ralph Bunche Community Center Collaboration would not affect is agreement with the other school districts regarding the day treatment program. Barren County has the option to extend the lease agreement should both parties agree.

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