After voting to declare a student habitually truant at their Apr. 27 meeting for the first time in recent memory, the WCSD #1 Board of Trustees heard on May 11 from their attorney, Don Hansen, that the 1907 state statute on the issue actually contributes to the process of dealing with truants being a muddled one.
With the board having found the student habitually truant in April, the matter was then turned over to the Weston County Attorney’s office for possible action, but Hansen explained that the way forward on such matters is not entirely clear. That’s because, Hansen stated, County Attorney William Curley believes it may be necessary for the district to appoint a dedicated attendance or truancy officer in order to conform to the letter of the 1907 law, and because of the latter development of the juvenile court system.
“At the time those laws were passed there was no such thing as juvenile court,” Hansen told the board, “There was no such thing as educational neglect. There was no such thing as a child need of supervision. None of that existed.”