Johnson County's Juvenile Mentoring Program has been active for two years and been successful according to County Attorney Ken DeCock, who approached the county commissioners this week to seek financial support for a grant application, and to make the county aware that with the old jail site slated for demolition at some point in the near future, the program will be looking for a new home.
The $25,000 grant is through the Department of Family Services and primarily goes to pay the salary for Kassie Jarvis, who runs the program. The grant requires a local match of roughly $3,500 which last year the county used an “in-kind” contribution of housing the program in the old jail building.
DeCock and Jarvis were there to ask the county for financial and other help for the program.
Jarvis said she had been looking for a new office space but so far had not been successful. There are a number of possibilities she has looked into at the new Sheridan College in Johnson County Campus, another at the Cimmaron Mall and still another in the old Beutler Building but so far nothing that will fit all of her needs and still have enough space for the office.
The commissioners decided to speak to Dave Simonsen, CEO of the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board to see if there isn't a space in the old Clear Creek School that may work for the mentoring program.
They also unanimously decided to fund the $3,500 for the local match for the grant application and put that in the budget for this coming fiscal year.