EFFINGHAM — Effingham County officials are considering a change to the truancy ordinance passed last year.
State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler asked members of a County Board committee last week to consider a change to the ordinance that he said would streamline the truancy enforcement process.
“We had created an additional level of bureaucracy we don’t need,” Kibler told members of the Legislative Committee of the Whole. “I think we made this too complicated in the beginning.”
Kibler said the change would abolish the Community Accountability Board and give the Effingham-Fayette-Bond Regional Office of Education a larger role in the process.
“Some school districts were cutting the ROE out of the middle,” he said.
The amended ordinance would still give local school districts the authority to handle truancy issues in-house until the situation was deemed serious enough to forward a specific truancy issue to the ROE. The ROE would then have the discretion to forward their cases to the state’s attorney’s office. The committee voted unanimously to recommend the change to the full board.