Nashville school leaders say efforts to address attendance, including better data keeping and more oversight of truancy hot spots, will be enough to fix a problem drawing the attention of high-ranking city officials, reports the Tennessean. Police Chief Ronal Serpas blasted school leaders for not requiring teachers to take roll in every class. The police department and city officials are concerned that truant students go on to commit other crimes or eventually drop out of school.
Bob Ross, who runs the county’s new $500,000 attendance center and is the director of family services at the Davidson County Juvenile Court, said on average the center sees about one truant a day. Ross said the center can be more useful if schools refer cases sooner to juvenile court and takes advantage of the resources the attendance center has to offer.