Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 16, 2013

Mercer County Schools files 80 truancy petitions with circuit court

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Board of Education filed approximately 80 truancy petitions and more than a dozen education abuse and neglect petitions Wednesday as part of the county’s ongoing truancy prevention program.

 Officials with the Mercer County Circuit Court and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources met Tuesday to set preliminary hearing dates for each of the approximately 80 truancy offenders. In addition to the status offender petitions for middle and high school students, the district will also be submitting to the DHHR more than a dozen education abuse and neglect petitions for parents and guardians of elementary students violating school truancy policies.

Circuit Court Chief Judge Omar Aboulhosn will be holding general arraignment days on Feb. 11 and 13 while Circuit Court Judge William Saddler will conduct preliminary hearings for offenders on Feb. 19 and 21. Pending the review of hearings, students found chronically truant must either adhere to court-ordered improvement plans or be placed on probation.