House votes to put DJJ in charge of special school

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has voted to temporarily put the state Department of Juvenile Justice in charge of a public residential school for students with behavior problems.

The House approved Tuesday giving administrative oversight of John de la Howe School in McCormick to the Cabinet agency. The one-year takeover becomes part of the House budget plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Meanwhile, the school's board would continue to operate but must seek input from the directors of DJJ, as well as the departments of education, mental health and social services.

Gov. Nikki Haley recommended DJJ's intervention following a critical review by the inspector general, released in January.

It found the school spends $87,000 per student annually but doesn't assess whether it's successfully turning students' lives around.

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