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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION far this year for students at the high school and two middle schools, com- pared to 28 recorded for all of last year. Four complaints have been filed against parents of elementary school students. There are a total of 46 open cases in truancy court. Masse has held 56 intervention meetings so far this year compared to 45 conducted last school year. He has also made 20 home visits for attendance-related issues this year. Masse said there are a few initia- tives he'd like to bring to North Providence to combat the truancy numbers, like a Family Court pro- gram currently being piloted in Warwick and Cranston that allows districts to file a civil complaint against the parents of the elementary school students who have attendance issues. Masse said the program allows the truancy magistrate, if deemed neces- sary, to bring in additional services for that family. "I think would be a good proactive approach to assist the families that struggle with attendance issues and hopefully we can work that out with a family court and bring that to North Providence," he said, adding that he would continue to research the program to fine-tune the particulars. Thanking Masse for his presen- tation, Goho said the residency/ truancy officer works nights and weekends, "above and beyond the school day." As a former policeman, Goho said Masse is very attuned to the "schemes people may try to pull and perpetrate to enter the school system." Goho said the position used to be full time, but that Masse does the job at a maximum of 30 hours a week. He said the School Department's proposed 2019-20 budget includes a request for an additional 20 hours or a part-time position to address truancy. "As our population has changed and grown and as our new schools are opening, I really do strongly believe that having a part-time tru- ancy officer is inadequate for a dis- trict of this size," Goho said. "When you add in the truancy court that is now in North Providence at the high school and the middle school and the focus on attendance as far as account- ability, we need to be on top of this issue." RESIDENCY From Page 3 Breakfast to benefit Angie's Angels set for May 5 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A breakfast to benefit Angie's Angels will be held on Sunday, May 5, at Knights of Columbus hall, 15 Basset St. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon and raffles will be held from noon to 1 p.m. For tickets, email angiesangel- sus6@gmail.com or visit the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave. Angie's Angels is a nonprofit and all proceeds go toward children with disabilities and their families in Rhode Island. 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