Rockland Area School Superintendent Says Truancy Is at Epidemic Levels, or It’s Saturday and He Forgot

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classroomROCKLAND, Maine — Student absences and tardiness are a serious and persistent problem that must be addressed by the community, according to Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent Lew Collins. “We need a call to action within every strand of our state and community to address the very serious and persistent problem of student absence and tardiness,” Collins said in a memo sent to the school board in advance of its next meeting on Thursday. When asked to elaborate on the memo, he told the Bangor Daily News that the problem is not isolated to RSU 13 but that the district has a greater problem than in other districts he has served. The district has had a lower average daily attendance rate than the state average. According to the Maine Department of Education for 2009-2010, the average daily attendance rate for elementary schools was 94.77 while RSU 13 had a slightly lower rate of 94.49.  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)