Roswell’s new schools chief takes on truancy

March 23, 2013 • Local News

The mother of a 6-year-old student faced a Chaves County District Court judge Thursday as the first defendant in Roswell Independent School District’s new anti-truancy program. She was found guilty of allowing her child to rack up more than 10 unexcused absences.

Norma Rutiaga pleaded “no contest” to one count of failing to enforce the district’s Compulsory School Attendance policy. Rutiaga’s first-grade daughter, who attends Pecos Elementary School, actually has 22 days of unexcused absences, according to school records.

The school district’s policy states that students are allowed up to 10 unexcused absences before the district can take action to investigate the truancy problem, explained Superintendent Tom Burris.

Burris, who started in Roswell last year after leaving the Truth or Consequences School District, said he Login to read more

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