Decatur – To be chronically
truant, a student misses nine or more days of school without an excuse.
both high schools are well over the state average. In 2012, 40 percent of
students were chronically truant at Eisenhower
High School. At
Macarthur, more than 35 percent were chronically truant.
The state average is just eight point six
percent. At Eisenhower, there are now two school intervention officers in place.
A big part of their job is to make sure kids are in school.
Deputy Superintendent, Lisa Mann says
limited resources have been a problem, and the School Improvement Grant should
help the truancy problem. "We knew we needed some more support. That's an area that has been a concern for us
for a while. Hopefully we'll see some of
those returns this year."
MacArthur does not have student
interventionists, but they do have similar services through the district's Department
of Student Services.