Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Thursday, May 14th. The program dealt with the serious issues of school violence and behavior in the wake of that sharp reaction to that violent fight on video last week. And one of Indy’s major hospital chains announces $230 Million in new construction. (Audio Starts At 09:36 Mark On Media Player) The major focus of the program was IPS coming to the community to address community anger, concern and more over that video of a violent fight at Northwest High School between a male and female student. The video which went viral caused IPS officials to have a meeting with high school and middle school principals on Monday along with law enforcement and top administrators on what to do.
Appearing on Afternoons with Amos for the first time, Steven Garner, a veteran law enforcement officer who is Chief of IPS’ Police Department. Also one of the district’s new Academic Improvement Officers, a position like a Deputy or Regional Superintendent in charge of several schools. Academic Improvement Officer Jesse Pratt, a newcomer to Indianapolis and IPS, is over some 26 IPS schools on the westside of the district, including Northwest. Also appearing was Dr. Cindy Jackson, IPS’ Positive Discipline Coordinator. Chief Garner explained to listeners the role of his sixty-five person department, how they handle incidents, who contacts parents if a student is arrested (school officials, not IPS police) and his thoughts on school safety. Dr. Jackson talked about IPS creating a comprehensive discipline or Code of Conduct policy. A policy that deals with misbehavior through “restorative justice” that also reduces the number of out of school suspensions. Jackson and Pratt said the new proposed IPS Code of Conduct Police will be “comprehensive” and “detailed”. All three IPS officials talked about their efforts to deal with student misbehavior and engage parents and the community. Listeners and Amos had concerns about how well IPS will engage parents and even students in creating a Comprehensive Code of Conduct for IPS and getting parent and student buy in. While the interview was on, the student involved in the fight was charged with battery and criminal confinement, both felonies, and ordered confined in the Marion County Juvenile Center. The 17 year old is being charged as a juvenile.
(Audio Starts At 78:47 or 1:18:47 Mark On Media Player) Last fall, Community Health Network announced they would rehabilitating their original hospital at 16th and Ritter on the city’s east side. Now, Community announced 175 Million will be spent to build a new Community Hospital East just south of the current facility. The project includes demolishing four buildings on the campus, building a new hospital tower housing inpatient and procedural rooms and moving Community’s Family Medicine Center from 10th and Mithoeffer back to the Community East campus.
In 2016, a new emergency department, to be located at the back of the hospital, will be built. Also a new $60 million cancer center will be built connecting to Community Hospital East on the northeast side. In total, over a quarter billion dollars in new construction for Indy’s eastside and improving patent outcomes. Afternoons with Amos talked live with Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network about the new investments, why the decision to build a new Community East rather than renovate and what the improvement mean for Community, the eastside and health care for the area. The May 14 Afternoons with Amos PODCAST Runs 97 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. Audio Begins After Brief Video Ad.