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Timberlane looks to target truancy

Postby curt » Sun May 18, 2008 12:19 pm

Published: May 18, 2008 05:59 am

Timberlane looks to target truancy Superintendent considering partnership with court system
By Meghan Carey
Staff writer

PLAISTOW — Timberlane officials are considering the possibility of holding court in school to help them cut down on students skipping class.

The Timberlane Regional School Board recently voted to hire a truant officer, but the district's intervention might not stop there.

Superintendent Richard La Salle is also exploring the possibility of partnering with the state family court system to see if it could hold court at the high school once a week or initiate a fine for parents who repeatedly fail to send their children to class. If it did so, Timberlane would be the first school in this area to take this step.

"This is a last resort," La Salle said. "Our administrators work very hard."

Truancy — an unexcused absence from class — becomes habitual at 20-1/2 absences, said Charles Coker, Timberlane's director of secondary education. If a parent doesn't know why a student is out, or the administration doesn't agree with a parent's reason, the school also considers the student truant.

So far this year, there are 13 students at the high school who fall into that category, Coker said. That's down from 28 students last year and 33 the year before, he said. But those figures could still change before the school year is over.

Eagle Tribune article
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Postby dmh » Sun May 18, 2008 5:00 pm

A few tidbits the article did not cover are

there has been $1000 in the budget for some unknown number of years for this position that is has not been used.

Coker at the SB meeting indicated that he could not perform the function as it would take 10% of his time. If he was talking about a 40 hour week that would be 4 hours per week. 180 days / 5 days per week is 36 weeks. It works out to be 144 hours per year. For the amount budgeted that works out to less than $7.00 per hour..
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Postby Resident » Sun May 18, 2008 9:33 pm

dmh wrote:Coker at the SB meeting indicated that he could not perform the function as it would take 10% of his time. If he was talking about a 40 hour week that would be 4 hours per week. 180 days / 5 days per week is 36 weeks. It works out to be 144 hours per year. For the amount budgeted that works out to less than $7.00 per hour..


After watching the last few SB meetings, the administrators have no idea how to handle money. Implementation of Kindergarten -> overbudget. Construction of Autism room at Middle School -> overbudget. The architectural fee of $15,000 for the Autism room was not included in the budget which Mr LaSalle purposely excluded. You can add this fee in addition to the already overbudgeted cost of this project. I'm still not sure why it was not included but the SB did approve.
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Postby safety frog » Mon May 19, 2008 9:44 am

If I heard correctly during the meeting, they quickly offered up an extra $20,000 from the curriculum budget that they could use to cover the cost overuns from funds that were not used for curriculum. Should the curriculum coordinators not have a better handle on the curriculum budget, what they need, what it costs and use it for curriculum versus cost overruns for another building project? Shouldn't the curriculm budget be used to improve grades and test scores for the entire school? Or was the budget understated for the building project to make it more acceptable to the tax payers, knowing there was fluff in the overall budget? How much extra funds exist in other program's budgets? I was glad to see that board members did scrutinize the costs for the project.
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