Community schools play a critical role in giving young people a chance to think about and work toward a future they might — through their own lack of vision — let slip through their grips.
Fortunately, the county has the community school program and a program head, David Schoneman, who together are striving to meet the needs of youths who have chosen wrong paths and find themselves on the verge of slipping through the cracks of society.
Imperial County education officials are trying to do what they can to prevent young people from wasting their lives after being put on probation or being booted from public schools. Because they have a last chance at the community schools, such youths can turn around their lives and see there are plenty of people concerned about them.
The county is building two state-of-the-art community schools in El Centro and Brawley that will provide such youths positive environments in which to learn — environments that look like any other school. Right now the community school in El Centro is in a tin shed, which has to make some young people there feel as if they are throwaways.