Monterey County has received a top state educational honor for the success of its on-going partnership program to fight truancy. 

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Monterey County Office of Education and Monterey County District Attorney’s Office Receive Prestigious Golden Bell Award for Truancy Prevention Program

Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Monterey County has received a top state educational honor for the success of its on-going partnership program to fight truancy.

The California School Boards Association today presented a Golden Bell Award for Monterey County’s Truancy Abatement Program. The model program is the product a 20-year collaborative effort by MCOE, the District Attorney’s office and Monterey County school districts.

Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski and Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo accepted the award at the association’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

“Monterey County’s Truancy Abatement Program is innovative and exemplary because it addresses the causes of truancy and serves as a model of collaboration between government agencies,” said Dr. Kotowski. “The program fits into the vision of MCOE to provide an opportunity for all students to attain an education that will allow them to positively participate in our society and world.”

The truancy rate in Monterey County is among the lowest in the state. Overall, after intervention, approximately 85 percent of truant students show improved school attendance.