Educators pleased with Freshman Academy’s progress

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left to right math teacher Lori Gammill, English teacher Kym Cordova, physical education teacher Amy Wyatt, business teacher Christal Reid, biology teacher Corinthia Hall and history teacher Brian Pickard look over feedback Wednesday from a national conference where they presented information about the Freshman Academy. Liliana Castillo The Clovis […]

Education feature: Program aims to curb truancy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steve North, programs coordinator for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, talks to a class at Clovis High School about going to and staying in school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “Who wants to drop out, become a drug addict and maybe murder someone in the next three or […]

Press release: Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s truancy program awards students

Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Abolish Chronic Truancy Program kicked off this morning with awarding students from Roosevelt and Curry counties with perfect attendance over the 2008 – 2009 school year.

Clovis woman sentenced in truancy case

CNJ staff A Clovis mother will have to attend parenting classes and pay court fees after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to allowing her son too many unexcused absences from school, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The 31-year-old Clovis woman was ordered to ensure her 12-year-old attends school the rest of […]

Local women sentenced for permitting truancy

CNJ Staff Two Clovis mothers will have to attend parenting classes and pay court fees after being convicted of allowing their children too many unexcused absences from school, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. A 42-year-old woman was ordered to ensure her child is in school the remainder of the school […]

Youth topics top district crime forum

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Youth topics rose to the top of a discussion between civic leaders and community members at a public safety forum held Monday night to discuss crime concerns in Clovis. Graffiti, truancy and boredom among youth moved to the forefront as law enforcement described programs — either current or planned […]

DA candidates spar on air

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John Randal acted as one of the moderators during the Candidates forum on KTQM/KWKA. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Candidates for county, state and district attorney positions fielded listeners’ questions on KTQM/KWKA’s radio political forum Tuesday night, but the sharpest exchanges occurred between Brett Carter and Matthew Chandler, Republican […]

Schools plan to battle truancy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school administrators from the elementary to high school level met Friday with the district attorney to plan ways to help schools cut truancy and keep kids out of the justice system. Friday’s meeting was part of a two-day series of administrative meetings to prepare for the upcoming school year. Clovis […]

Clovis no longer skipping truancy issue

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis school system and district attorney’s office made good Tuesday on their promise to crack down on truancy. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis fined a 37-year-old Clovis resident $100 and sentenced her to182 days of unsupervised probation in the first of what are expected to be about a half-dozen truancy cases […]