2018-03-08 / Front Page

Open House showcases new facility’s emphasis on education, technology

A number of community leaders were treated to a tour of the now fully functioning Wilkes Regional Youth Detention Center last week. With a capacity for 40 male and 8 female young people, since its opening, the RYDC has already grown to house 14 boys and six girls.

Its classrooms (shown above) are up-to-date, bright, and spacious, and students spend 330 minutes a day in school. Males and females are kept separate at all times, but the upside is that there is no homework.

The facility and its full operation are the result of years of work and planning which rebuilt the former Pre-Release Center into the 36,000-square-foot “Positive Behavior Intervention and Support” program it is now.

In addressing those in attendance DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles praised those who worked for the completion of the RYDC and specifically thanked board member and Wilkes County native Willie Bolton (shown below) for his passion in what he believes and for being a man of God.

“He left Wilkes County but he never left,” Niles said. “He continues to be deeply involved in Wilkes County.

Bolton in turn spoke highly of the facility’s new director, Donorio Quinn, also a native Wilkes Countian. “We want you to be proud of this young man and of this facility,” he said.

Bolton further emphasized that the state-of-the-art facility is a model for the state and its education program is just a part of it. He urged community participation.

“We want you to be involved,” he said. “We want this to be a community facility.”

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