Truancy Officers Approved

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School board leaders say designating seven truancy officers to the district is the best way to keep kids in the classroom and out of trouble.

The district's home school counselors will now be titled "Truancy Officers." They'll be responsible for keeping tabs on chronically late students and contacting their parents.

They'll then forward the names of truant students to the police followed by a student meeting with a hearing officer. School board leaders say these officers will be able to do things administrators normally would not.

"We have restrictions on info we can give about our students for privacy acts so this would designate some of our staff as truancy officers," says School Board President Nancy Kalchbrenner

We'll find out when the truancy officers start their new roles when school board members meet with the mayor's office on Thursday.