MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $76,894 grant to the Conecuh County Board of Education for a program to help truant youth stay in school and get their lives on track.
The Truancy Awareness Project partners the school system with the county juvenile court, parents or guardians, and family-service agencies to help students between the ages of 11 and 17 who are referred due to excessive unexcused absences.
“Addressing truancy and its root causes can help students to make better choices, stay out of trouble and become productive members of society,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to see this community effort to guide troubled youth toward a path to a brighter future.”
The program assists families in determining what is preventing the student from attending school, helps students improve their academic performance and provides access to public and nonprofit agencies that support emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA manages a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.
Bentley notified Superintendent Zickeyous Byrd that the grant had been approved.
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