Sixty-five concerned educators and citizens have joined ranks to prevent juvenile delinquency and provide support for students in the district. Together, they create the Delavan-Darien Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Coalition.
"Basically we want to wrap around kids who aren't doing well in school," said coalition member and school psychologist Diana Burgstede.
One number the district has struggled with is having the lowest graduation rate in Walworth County.
In the 2006-07 school year, 76.3 percent of students graduated, according to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data. In the 2007-08 school year, the number crept up to 78.6 percent.
In the other high schools in the district, the numbers ranged from a low of 86.8 percent at Elkhorn High School in 2006-07 to 100 percent at Williams Bay High School in 2007-08.
Coalition members have met monthly for a year. Members include educators, social workers, church leaders and other advocates.
All felt support for students and communication between agencies was lacking in the district, Burgstede said.
Members have chosen four topics as priorities:
The group also is focusing on developing a strong community service system so kids who are court-ordered to volunteer can easily find appropriate ways to do so, Burgstede said.
"It's a situation where the student is asked to reflect on why they did what they did and have the option to participate in a positive activity and feel good about themselves," she said.
A small group is working hard to improve after school and recreation opportunities for teens in Delavan.
"What happens when you get court-ordered counseling," Burgstede said. "Where do you go to get it and how do you get there?"