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Gilmer ISD adopts new truancy standards

By Christina Lane
June 24, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

GILMER - Repeatedly truant Gilmer ISD students could face legal ramifications under the district's newly adopted student code of conduct.

Trustees on Thursday approved a student code of conduct that lists "referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the district" among its discipline management techniques.

Superintendent Rick Albritton said students with numerous unauthorized absences could fall into this category. The district added the measure in the hopes it would help improve the district's completion rate, Albritton said.

Gilmer High School had the scores to receive an exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency, but state ratings are based on more than test scores, Albritton said.

Gilmer High School missed the mark on its completion rate, he said. To rate exemplary, the district must have a 95 percent completion rate. Most completion rate problems stem from repeated absenteeism, he said.

In other action related to the high school, the school board voted to hire Curtis McKinley Roofing to put a new roof on the high school gym that comes with a 20-year warranty for hail damage. The cost is $163,800, Albritton said.

The gym, which has been used since 1985, has several leaks, and while it has been patched through the years, Albritton said this is the first time it will be completely re-roofed.



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