This fall, students returned to school to see some new changes and improvements. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and local schools partnered in an effort to offer day work projects to inmates. These projects not only prepared schools for the coming year, but gave inmates a chance to give back to their community, strengthen their recovery, and even qualify for sentence reduction credits when allowed.
Inmates were assigned to North Elementary, Coalmont Elementary, Swiss Elementary, Tracy City Elementary, and the bus garage to accomplish a number of projects. Work included painting, pressure washing, sorting through books, and supplies.
Jail Administrator David Lance explained, “Each day these trustees took these assignments, determined to make a difference. And, that’s exactly what they did.
“This partnership allowed our staff to spend time focusing on areas that needed their attention most. For example, inmates assigned to the Transportation Department took care of cleaning the buses while our staff focused on maintenance and repairs. It’s definitely a partnership we hope to continue,” Director of Schools Willie Childers stated.