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Truancy needs attention

December 3, 2011
The Inter-Mountain


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of Pendleton, Randolph and Tucker counties who participated in our "Initiating and Expanding Truancy Courts" meeting at the Randolph County Courthouse on Nov. 3. It was an honor to meet with and speak to dedicated resident and public servants who are as excited as I am about the opportunity to create partnerships between the judiciary and the education system, partnerships that will provide additional methods for achieving educational success.

I feel certain that each and every one of you will maintain the interest and enthusiasm that you and your colleagues demonstrated so clearly during our recent meeting. I would strongly encourage all of you to maintain contact with the judges, school superintendents and other public officials in your area in order to determine the most effective ways you can contribute to your community's truancy court program.

I both invite and encourage you to utilize the resources of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals throughout the truancy court implementation process. If we can provide any possible assistance to you, please don't hesitate to contact Nikki Tennis, director of children's services for the West Virginia Supreme Court. She can be reached by calling the court's administrative office at 304-558-0145.

Once again, I sincerely appreciate your intense commitment to initiating truancy courts where none exist as well as improving and expanding the truancy courts that have already been created. Please know that I consider each one of you to be a very valuable partner in this endeavor. With your able assistance, and by working together, I know that we can create an educational foundation that will ensure a bright, rewarding and successful future for all of West Virginia's children.

Justice Robin Jean Davis

West Virginia Supreme

Court of Appeals



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