Robert Kelty works with at-risk youth as the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools.
The "accommodation" school district under his
supervision includes the compulsory schools for minors inside the adult and juvenile detention centers, a transition program for youth who have just been released from custody, and the alternative Ponderosa High School (and its sister school in Page, Tse'yaato' High).
said it's unique for the school district to work so closely with the county court system to provide a safety net.
This is the first year Ponderosa made "Adequate Yearly Progress," according to the federal government, and enrollment is up to between 65 and 70.
Students are generally between ages 17 and 21, and they may have already dropped out, had a child, or been in jail.
has held office for about a year.
In that time, he
has partnered with the Ponderosa High arm and the juvenile court office to create a day program at the court and detention facility that allows recently released offenders to ease back into school.
"I think it's that type of attitude of everyone saying, 'Let's put our best ideas on the table and then implement them and then see if they're going to be successful' that really makes us stand out," he