‘Family Matters’ hopes to make a difference

A new effort to assist parents of school-age children with behavioral problems will begin witha6p.m.March6meetingattheSt.John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall and plans to continue each first Wednesday until the end of the school term.

Raymon Puente, who for 19 years served as principal at Rockdale High School, said the group will be called “Family Matters” and is the outgrowth of several calls for help.

Puente, who is now principal of the John H. Wood Jr. Public Charter District at the Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, made a presentation on “Family Matters” at the Rockdale ISD school board meeting Monday.

“In recent weeks I’d been approached by five sets of parents, all with the same request,” Puente said. “They were having discipline problems with their children, both at school and at home, and they wanted me to speak to their children and take them on a tour of the detention center,” he said.

But the state no longer allows the center to give tours.

“I saw this as a need for the parents of Rockdale,” Puente said. “I spoke with some church committees and we came up with the idea of ‘Family Matters’,” he said.

“Our first topic will address behavioral issues and what’s available to parents who need help,” he said.

Speakers will include Daniel Wheeler, a Milam County Juvenile Probation Officer, Rockdale Junior-High School Counselor Angela White and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Andy Isaacs.

St. John’s United Methodist Church is located at the top of Summit Street, north of West Cameron Avenue (US 79).

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