Non-traditional students can opt for Ombudsman

Date: September 24, 2010

By Mark Beavers of the the Tribune-Georgian:

Since Andrew Turman dropped out of school two years ago, he figured out that he could not go far in life without an education.

Then Turman, 17, heard about the Ombudsman school in the county and the opportunity it offered for students to make up credits. He started attending in August.

Students that have fallen behind on credits in middle or high school or have been expelled for disciplinary reasons have a second chance to receive a high school diploma through the Ombudsman schools in Camden County.

Ombudsman is a private business contracted by Camden County Schools to run alternative programs, said deputy superintendent Gary Blount, who coordinates the system’s association with Ombudsman. This academic year is the third with the Ombudsman schools in Camden County.

“(Ombudsman) helped me get back on track for my education,” Turman said. “It definitely helps me learn quicker also.”

There are three Ombudsman locations in Camden County. The program’s St. Marys and Kingsland locations serve middle and high school students, and there is a Camden center located in Kingsland that serves high school students only.

“It’s for those students that need something that’s different,” Blount said, noting the Ombudsman hours allow for a more flexible schedule.

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