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New Hanover County Holds Signing Ceremony for School Justice Partnership Renewal

The SJP aims to keep kids in school and out of court by reducing law enforcement involvement in minor misconduct at schools.

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WILMINGTON — New Hanover community leaders will join for a signing ceremony for the renewal of its School Justice Partnership (SJP). The SJP memorandum of understanding, identified as the Interagency Governance Agreement on the Handling of School Offenses, aims to keep kids in school and out of court by reducing law enforcement involvement in minor misconduct at schools.

WHO

  • Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court of North Carolina 
  • Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening, New Hanover County
  • Interim Director McKinley Wooten, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts 
  • Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley, New Hanover County Schools
  • Chairwoman Lisa Estep, New Hanover County Board of Education
  • District Attorney Ben David, New Hanover and Pender Counties
  • Chief of Police Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington Police
  • Chief Deputy Ken Sarvis, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mayor Bill Saffo, City of Wilmington
  • Chairman Jonathan Barfield, New Hanover County Commissioners

WHEN
June 18, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE 
Blair Elementary School Auditorium
6510 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405

MORE INFORMATION
The School Justice Partnership is a group of community stakeholders who work together to establish specific guidelines for school discipline in a way that minimizes suspensions, expulsions, and school-based referrals to court for minor misconduct. The main goal of the SJP is to keep kids in school and out of court for routine misconduct at school. SJPs are being developed throughout North Carolina as a result of the state’s recently enacted Raise the Age law.