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Truancy Rates Down in Mercer County

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PRINCETON, W.Va.- Mercer County truancy rates are down by more than 80 percent since the school and judicial systems formed a partnership last year to combat the problem.

Circuit Court Chief Judge Omar Aboulhosn says the truancy rate for sixth- to 12th-grade students is down by 85 percent. The rate for kindergarten through fifth-grade students has dropped by 86 percent.

Under the prevention program, the Board of Education files truancy petitions in court for students. In some cases, abuse and neglect petitions are filed against parents or guardians.

Students found to be chronically truant must either follow court-ordered improvement plans or be placed on probation.

Abhoulhosn says keeping students in school now will keep them out of jail later.

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