The Juab School District Board of Education says a home for problem boys proposed for a site north of Mona should be permitted only if the students will be taught in Nebo District schools.
"We don't have the facilities or staff necessary to deal with students with these significant problems," said Juab Superintendent Kirk Wright. Nebo School District officials had indicated they would be willing to allow the students to travel to their district, said Wright.Wright said that when the home operated in the past under other management, the students caused problems at the local high school. They were a bad influence on students already on the borderline of dropping out, he said.
The biggest problem, said Principal Leonard Trauntvein, was attendance. "They were in and out of school like yo-yos," he said.
The county is holding a hearing on whether the new managers of the school should be allowed a conditional-use permit. The school board will be represented at the hearing. Plans are to increase the number of students at the facility.
"Our experience in the past is that we have had significant problems and they (the boys at the facility) have had some negative impact," said Wright.
Another problem, he said, was that some of the students were eligible for special education. Juab students might be bumped from available special education slots, he said.