Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 18, 2014

County revisits truancy ordinance

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.

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