Algonquin adopts truancy ordinance

ALGONQUIN – Students could face a fine from the village if they’re absent from school without a valid reason.

The Village Board on Tuesday passed a truancy ordinance. The first offense will carry a $75 fine for the student. A second offense will carry a fine of $150 each for the student and parent or guardian – a total of $300.

The truancy ordinance came up after discussions between village’s school resource officer at H.D. Jacobs High School and the school’s administration.

Both felt that truancy is a problem at Jacobs, and the resources are limited to deal with the issue, Police Chief Russell Laine said in a village memo.

The school does have internal procedures for dealing with students who are absent without a valid reason. Among them are counseling and speaking with the students and parents. The police department will step in only after all other efforts have failed.

The truancy ordinance is another tool for the school district and the village to make sure students are in school, Laine has said. If students are cited for truancy, their cases will be heard in the village’s administrative adjudication hearings, he said.

Algonquin worked on the ordinance with Carpentersville, which has a truancy ordinance for Dundee-Crown High School. Carpentersville and Dundee-Crown have seen significant behavioral changes since the truancy ordinance has been enforced, Laine said.

In other action, the village board made four appointments to village commissions.

Dave Ward was appointed to the Economic Development Commission. He replaces Mary Fioretti, whose term expired in May. Ward’s term will run through May 2015.

Jenny Browe-Ullery, Andrew Rogers and Sara Foster were appointed to the Public Arts Commission.

Browe-Ullery and Rogers replace Ken Webster and Steve Kaniewski, whose terms run through May 2014. Webster and Kaniewski resigned because of time constraints.

Foster replaces Reggie Andrews, who also left the commission because of time constraints, according to village documents. Foster’s term runs through May 2015.

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