It seems wise to keep alternative school kids on the industrial side of town. There are fewer distractions there, fewer things that foment trouble.
Frankly, trouble is something these kids have shown they have a fine knack for finding. Most either have been thrown out of regular high school, thrown out of continuation high school, been in serious trouble with the law, or all of the above.
So we praise the El Centro City Council for its decision, after a protracted debate, to overrule its staff and Planning Commission to allow the Imperial County Office of Education to build a new alternative school in an industrial area on the east side of El Centro, near the site of an existing alternative school.
And while we praise the council for its decision to allow the school to be built in an area where less mischief can be found, we also praise the council for placing conditions on the building of the school that the county Office of Education must meet, conditions that will keep the young folks as safe as possible from things in such an area that can harm them.