Riddel Ranch to accept boys from other counties

Photo Credit: KTRE-TV (Raycom Media)
Photo Credit: KTRE-TV (Raycom Media)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A financially struggling ranch for juvenile boys in Sedgwick County will take in boys from other counties, despite concern the ranch could close next year.

Sedgwick County officials say the ranch at Lake Afton needs to increase its census to meet state requirements for proper staffing ratios.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/17fxgF9 ) the ranch is licensed to serve 49 boys but the census has been around less than 30 boys in recent months. The state requires a staffing ratio of one to seven during waking hours. The ranch can’t reduce its staffing permanently because the census shifts.

To meet the staffing requirement, the ranch will accept boys from counties that border Sedgwick.

The ranch will remain open through at least June 30, 2014.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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