Glen Mills Schools Names Acting Executive Director; Reforms to Be Implemented

Image of Christopher Spriggs via Glen Mills Schools.

Glen Mills Schools, which is mired in an abuse scandal that is prompting changes in the state’s juvenile justice system, now has a new executive director and a new focus, writes John Mitchell for The Philadelphia Tribune.

Christopher Spriggs, 47, a former trigonometry teacher at the school, has been named acting executive director. He welcomes the challenge of re-opening the beleaguered school.

“I have an affinity for helping young, budding males — helping them develop, helping them to move forward, and aspire to great things,” Spriggs said.

“It’s been difficult. But I think in this crisis there is a tremendous opportunity to put things in place organizationally that will make it better for everyone, most importantly the youth that come here.”

The school currently is closed and has no students.

The state’s Department of Health ordered the removal of the students after investigations revealed staff at the all-boys reformatory school had been abusing students and covering it up for decades.

Spriggs’s plan is to eventually re-open the school, but on a much smaller scale — with no more than 20 students. He called it a pilot program.

Read more about Glen Mills Schools in The Philadelphia Tribune here.

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