LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District’s four-member Board of Education will try, for the fourth time, to approve a memorandum of understanding for an alternative sentencing program that would give people convicted of low-level crimes the opportunity to seek education instead of incarceration.

AV Union High School District, Antelope Valley College, and the City of Lancaster have been working in coordination with Los Angeles County Superior Court to develop and implement the educational program.

Individuals who have been charged with and/or convicted of low-level crimes, such as being caught with drugs, or an offense that would get somebody 50 hours of community service picking up trash, can instead spend that time in the classroom. Those offenders who do not have a high school diploma can work toward their GED diploma. If they already have one, they can go to college instead.

The goal is to help participants become a contributing member of society.

AV Union High School District’s Board first considered the proposed memorandum of understanding at its Jan. 16 meeting. The Board voted 2-2 to approve it with members Victoria Ruffin and Amanda Parrell dissenting.

The item was also on the Board’s Jan. 23 and 30 agendas. However, the Board could take no action because Ruffin and Parrell failed to show up for those two meetings.

AV Community College District trustees approved the memorandum of understanding for the program Monday night.

The AV Union High School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Board room at the District office, 44811 Sierra Highway.

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