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February 19, 2014

WV truancy program pays off

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Truancy statistics on 19 Hampshire County and 18 Hardy County students show “great improvement” during the first semester of the school year, said 21st Circuit Judge Charles Parsons. 

A concept of Chief Justice Robin Davis and Parsons, the truancy program is a collaboration between the board of education attendance directors, the judge, the prosecuting attorneys and the probation officers.

The program began in Hardy County during the 2012-2013 school year, and in Hampshire County the next year.

“In Hampshire County, 84 percent (16 out of 19) of those on the second nine weeks truancy report had better attendance and 7 percent (10 out of 15) had better grades,” Parsons told the Times-News.

For the same period of time in Hardy County, 14 out of 18 had better grades and 17 out of 18 had better attendance.

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