FP board targeting truancy problems
CRYSTAL FALLS—A new, tougher approach on truancy is taking effect at Forest Park, K-12 Principal Jackie Giuliani reported during the School Board’s Oct. 28 regular meeting.
Giuliani reported that under the truancy intervention plan, two separate warning letters are sent to parents about excessive absences. So far, four truancy intervention meetings have been held with Lindsey Arcand, chief juvenile officer, for parents of students with over six absences.
If a student reaches 10 absences in any class, truancy paperwork will be filed with law enforcement, along with detention and possible suspension. Medical appointments excused by a doctor’s note are waived.
“It was received well [by parents],” Giuliani said at the meeting. “I just reminded them that it is a prevention plan—we’re trying to problem-solve before we hit 10 absences, before it gets turned over to truancy. They’re very aware that if they hit 10, that’s what’s going to happen—the paperwork will be filed.”
Superintendent Becky Waters said the truancy plan was also well-received at the Iron County Courthouse.
Board Member Bill St. John wished Giuliani success with the plan. “This lady needs our support on that,” he told the other board members. “In the past, there have been issues [about truancy] here, and it will come to pass—it’s not a matter of ‘if.’”
● Board members heard an update about the district’s sinking fund. Waters reported the district has spent about $80,000, about one-third of the $239,000 the district expects in the fund this year.
Sinking fund revenue comes from a one-mill levy approved by Forest Park voters in 2017. The funds can only be used for building repairs and improvements and other equipment needs.
Waters said $40,000 was budgeted for improvements to the industrial education room. So far, she said, $19,798 has been spent, and “It’s almost complete.”
For building and grounds, the district pulled $15,000 from its general budget for such needs as elevator doors, safety lights, and water filling stations.
For the water stations, $1,000 came from the sinking fund and $700 from community donations. Two other older water fountains may be replaced later.