SC senators reject putting DJJ in charge of school

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senators disagree with a proposal to put the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in charge of a public residential school for troubled teens.

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected the House's move to temporarily give administrative oversight of John de la Howe School to the Cabinet agency.

Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman says the residential school in McCormick has a different mission than DJJ.

The school's former principal, president, chairwoman and vice-chairwoman resigned in February.

Their departure followed an inspector general's report that found the school spends excessively but doesn't assess whether it's successfully turning students' lives around.

Remaining board members opposed the takeover proposal. The school announced a new principal last month.

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