Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EDITORIAL ; School System Rates Accolades for Success of Truancy Diversion Program

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EDITORIAL ; School System Rates Accolades for Success of Truancy Diversion Program

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A truancy diversion program, spearheaded by Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers and launched in 2009 by Putnam County Schools, has harvested encouraging results -- and well-deserved plaudits. Six years since its implementation, the program has seen both truancy rates decrease by more than 60 percent and the county's dropout rate fall by 50 percent.

Speaking to the Putnam County Board of Education last month, Stowers told the board it would be receiving a $39,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Education to help pay for Putnam's school-based probation officer, a key component of the program's positive accomplishment. Stowers added that the county's truancy diversion program has other state officials pondering similar ones for their school systems throughout the state.

As reported in The Charleston Gazette-Mail last month, "between 2010 and 2014, the dropout rate in Putnam schools fell from 1. …

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