Under the current Evansville municipal ordinance for truancy, as I understand it, our municipal court can fine school age offenders of truancy laws, but there is no provision at the present time for fines to be levied against the school personnel if the proper legal procedures are not followed.
In preparation for the presentation of an amendment to the current ordinance at Common Council in May 2008 to remedy this situation, the Public Safety Committee on May 7, 2008 will consider the matter. Parents, students, School board members, and interested parties are expected to be present for the discussion. The Evansville Observer will be providing full audio and video coverage.
Now the comments:
My brother teaches at Madison Memorial and can't not believe
how loosely Evansville's school districts truancy policy is worded.
kind of like ' well we should do this, and we might do that.' In
other words we will do as we please and have real no rhyme or
reason in how we handle issues.
Really this is a pretty minor issue and the answer is simple
if the school wants to continue to send students through the
court system then they need to do what is asked of them.
They are using city services.