First school truancy cases filed in court system

By Shawn Roney, for the Richmond News

The Richmond R-XVI School District finds itself in an unfamiliar situation.

Or at least it’s unfamiliar to Superintendent Mike Aytes and at least one attorney working in the Ray County judicial system.

In 2016, the district initiated an attendance court program. Designed to help the district enforce the Missouri compulsory school attendance statute that’s been state law for roughly 100 years, the court resulted from a series of conversations, according to Aytes.

“For the last three years, we’ve really been trying to get all the players to the table. We’ve been talking with the probation office, the juvenile office,” Aytes said.

The complete story is in the Friday, December 8, 2017 Richmond News.

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