SWITZ CITY -- Parents of students attending White River Valley Junior-Senior High School will receive notification by letter when their child has three or more unexcused absences following passage of a policy Thursday night by the school board.
The letter will ask parents to verify the abscesses with a physician.
The school administration will also contact the Greene County Probation Department to investigate after the three unexcused absences.
"It's accountability," Junior-Senior High School Principal Lee Ann Englehardt told the board in explaining the policy.
In other action, the board approved one-half day attendance for eight seniors -- starting in the second semester.
Board member Roger Shake pointed out two similar requests were approved last month and he asked if this might get out of hand if not closely monitored.
Ann Englehardt explained that to be eligible the students must have attained the necessary credits to graduate by December, have a financial need to work and looking for ways to pay for future college expenses.
The board also:
* Named Liz Tharp as a kindergarten teacher at WRV/Lyons. Kindergarten enrollment was up significantly and required the splitting of the class into two sections to make it more manageable, according to Superintendent Layton Wall. Tharp formerly served as the director of the school's Early Learning Center. The center's assistant director, Jamie Abbot, will replace Tharp in that position. Rachel Cravens was hired to take over Abbott's former assistant director's job.
* Named Shelly Resler as Junior-Senior High School ECA Treasurer, replacing Sarah Wamer, who resigned to take a new job outside the school district..
* Hired Joby Turner as a language arts teacher at the junior-senior high school.
The board's next regular meeting will be 7:30 p.m. meeting Sept. 20 in the administrative center.