The Safe Schools program is the result of the Safe Schools Law (PA 89-383) which establishes an alternative educational program serving disruptive youth. It is an open entry and exit program, meaning it has the flexibility to accommodate students who may enter and exit at any given point in time in the educational continuum.

ROE 51 operates and maintains two Safe Schools sites. Sangamon County Safe Schools is located at 2201 Toronto Road in Springfield while the Salt Creek Academy, located in Fancy Prairie, services Menard County Schools.

Eligibility includes students currently enrolled in grades 7-12 who meet the criteria established by the Regional Office in conjunction with local schools superintendents such as (but not limited to):

  • Suspended at least twice for a period of 4-10 days for gross misconduct as defined by the Regional Safe Schools Program.
  • Arrested by the police and/or remanded to juvenile or criminal courts for acts related to school activities.
  • Eligible for disciplinary reassignment pursuant to violation of school district “zero tolerance” policies (SB 100).
  • Involved in misconduct that can be demonstrated as serious, repetitive and/or cumulative.
  • Previously remediated at least once by the local school district.
  • The home school is required to provide transportation to and from RSSP programs (Illinois School Code 10:560)

Sangamon County Safe Schools

Salt Creek Academy

2201 Toronto Road Springfield, IL 62712 30819 Fancy Prairie Road Athens, IL 62613
Phone: 217-585-8090 Phone: 217-566-3814
FAX: 217-585-8098 FAX: 217-566-3653

Staff

Dr. Mary Loken

Sangamon/Menard Safe Schools Coordinator

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Del Sutter

Principal – Salt Creek

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Joe Kihn

Intake Counselor – Sangamon County

Tina Schmulbach

Secretary – Salt Creek

Bill Lamkey

Sangamon County Assistant Director

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Angie Durall

Administrative Assistant

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SCLA/Safe Referral Form