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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: T.R.O.Y. Center touts successful year

June 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Alternative education is alive and well in Whitley County.

Whitley County’s Commissioners heard a report from Nikki Trier, who is the administrator at the T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative-education school for students throughout the county and beyond.

Work at the T.R.O.Y. Center is based on partnerships. Trier said working with Whitley County Community Corrections is one such alliance that is mutually beneficial.

“We want to curb delinquency and prevent students from going down that (wrong) road and ending up in the court system,” said Paula Worden, grant director at Community Corrections.

Other crucial partnerships include those with school districts in the county. Trier said her district partners with Whitko schools already and is set up for next year. She has not heard back from Whitley County Consolidated Schools or Smith-Green Community Schools.

The commissioners asked if the new alternative education program for WCCS, Eagle Opportunity, would compete with the T.R.O.Y. Center. Trier did not think so, but emphasized the need for alliances to prevent this competition from happening.

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