Police Arrest Madison Oaks Academy Staff Member for Having Sex with a Minor
Jackson police arrested a Madison Oaks Academy staff member early this morning in connection with him having sex with an
underage resident at the facility.
Around 1 a.m. Thursday, police were called about the incident at Madison Oaks Academy, 49 East Old Hickory Blvd. The investigation determined that a staff member was making his rounds when he saw another on-duty staff member, Larry McIntosh, having sex with a 13-year-old female resident. The staff member, who witnessed the incident, immediately alerted his superiors who then notified police.
McIntosh, 24, was arrested at the facility and booked into the Madison County Jail at 2:40 a.m.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8 a.m. Friday in Jackson City Court on charges of aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure.
The Department of Children's Services is assisting in the investigation.
According to Madison Oaks Academy, McIntosh has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
Jan. 10, 2013, Jackson. TN - On Thursday the Jackson Madison County School Board met for their regular monthly board meeting.
Due to the interview schedule for the superintendent search the board did not have a work session this month. At Thursday's meeting the board opened with a public comment time which would have normally been on the work session agenda.
Considering the most significant item on the agenda was discussion and possible action on a candidate for Director of Schools, the audience was small. Only about 20 citizens, outside of central office staff and elected officials, attended the meeting.
Public comments centered around either challenging the board to select an African American, encouraging the board to choose from the available candidates and not seek others, or laminting a fear that a repeat of two years ago would occur when no candidate was chosen and many felt the best candidate was passed over because of skin color.
After the public comment time the board got to work on the agenda. It was not long before the issue of superintendent search came up.
Board member Bob Alvey urged the other board members to have discussion about the assets and deficits of each candidate compared to what each board member was looking for in a director. However, other board members felt that conversation had already taken up all the time needed and said they had made up their minds about how they would vote.
Chairman David Clifft explained to the audience that many seemed to be under the impression that tonight's action, whatever it was, could result in hiring a school director which is not the case. It is just the next step in the process.
With that the board members cast their votes. Verna Ruffin received seven votes, Terence Patterson received one vote, Alan Coverstone received no votes. Eight Board members voted, George Neely abstained saying he did not feel confident with any of the candidates. Janice Hampton, the lone Patterson vote changed her vote to Ruffin after the vote count presumably to show support for the majority decision.
After the meeting one of the speakers during the public comment section had these remarks
Photo and Info taken from the Tulsa Public School website
Verna Ruffin, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Achievement Zone/Special Program and Projects
Verna D. Ruffin is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision at the University of Oklahoma. Having served as a music educator, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, and Area Superintendent, she currently is Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education and Student Services in Tulsa Public Schools. She has presented at the Thirteenth Annual Values and Educational Leadership Conference in Victoria, British Columbia and University Council for Educational Administration in Anaheim, California. She is selected as a Jackson Scholar and accepted to the Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar. Her research areas include urban school reform, moral literacy in schools, community schools and social justice. A book review for the Journal of Educational Administration has been published. She has co-authored a chapter Leading Across Boundaries: The Role of Community Schools and Cross-Boundary Leadership in School Reform in New Perspectives in Educational Leadership: Exploring Social, Political, and Community Contexts and Meaning.
Additional awards and honors include Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year nominee, Bandmaster of the Year, Who’s Who Among High School Principals and Outstanding Educator Award presented by the Louisiana Association of School Executives
SEN. FINNEY TO SERVE FINANCE, HEALTH AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES
Focus to stay on creating jobs, protecting seniors and balancing budgets
NASHVILLE – State. Sen. Lowe Finney was appointed to three state Senate committees in the 108th General Assembly Thursday.
He will serve as a member of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee; the Health and Welfare Committee; and the Judiciary Committee.
“These committees each play a unique role in how we govern our state,” Sen. Finney said. “But through each of them, I will fight hard for solutions that create jobs, protect seniors and balance budgets.”
Sen. Finney also serves as chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He previously served on the State and Local Government Committee.
The Mayors and Chamber President updated attendees on the year ahead as well as offering a look back at some of the previous year's statistics.
Mayor Harris informed the audience that the county budget for this year is $179 Million. $122 million of those funds are appropriated to the school system who's per student expenditure is $9, 726. He announced that this is the 20th budget that has been passed without an increase in taxes.
Mayor Gist reported that there is going to be some construction this year concerning infrastructure, including the Casey Jones U-turn and various road extensions. In housing developments, more apartments are being added throughout the city with the number of apartments downtown to be increased from the current 70 to over 250.
Kyle Spurgeon concluded the meeting with an update on some more construction to be done, particularly interchange 42. There will be upgrades to it this year with plans to replace the interchange in the future.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OBTAINS COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT TO RESOLVE LONG STANDING LITIGATION REGARDING THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Memphis, TN -- Today, the Justice Department announced that it filed in federal court yesterday afternoon a comprehensive agreement that will resolve long running litigation with the state of Tennessee originally concerning conditions of care at the former Arlington Developmental Center (ADC). On Jan. 15, 2013, the U.S. District Court in Memphis, Tenn., will conduct a hearing to determine whether to approve the agreement. Individuals affected by the agreement are invited to attend the hearing and provide comment to the Court.
Over the 20-year course of the litigation, the state has made significant changes in the delivery of services for a class comprised of former ADC residents and many other individuals who were deemed at risk of placement at ADC. Tennessee closed ADC in October 2010. The new agreement reaches many of those in the group deemed at risk of placement in ADC prior to its closure.
The agreement resolves remaining issues in the litigation by expanding community-based services so that the state can serve people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, in their own homes, their families’ homes or other integrated community settings. The agreement also will provide class members in nursing homes the choice to receive services in integrated, community-based settings. Over the next year, Tennessee will expand community services by providing home and community-based Medicaid waivers to Medicaid-eligible individuals; seeking new and cost-efficient models of care for class members with behavioral needs; and providing supported employment for class members seeking work. This expansion will provide people the opportunity to transition successfully from nursing and other facilities to community settings that can meet their needs and prevent new people from being unnecessarily institutionalized.
“This agreement will provide remaining class members with developmental disabilities in western Tennessee the opportunity to live successfully in their homes and communities and bring this long-standing litigation to an appropriate end,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez. “I commend Governor Haslam for his leadership on this issue, and we will continue to work with states around the country, as we have with Virginia, Georgia, Delaware, North Carolina, and – today – Tennessee, to ensure that people with disabilities are given the choice to live in community-based settings.”
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III Western District of Tennessee
“This is an example of the state of Tennessee making the choice to do what is not only legally right, but right in the grander sense,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III. “Protecting the civil rights of every citizen is a fundamental duty of our office and this agreement does so while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
Upon the state’s successful completion of the agreement, the litigation is expected to come to an end. In 1991, the department released a findings letter pursuant to the Civil Rights for Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) detailing conditions at ADC that violated residents’ constitutional rights. The following year the department brought suit to remedy those conditions. The court joined that suit with a separate suit brought by People First of Tennessee
concerning ADC and the rights of people at risk of institutionalization at ADC. People First remains active in the case and also is a party to the agreement.
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