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Council addresses truancy, public arts

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PRINCETON — Also on Monday, Princeton City Council passed first readings of two different ordinances — one relating to truancy, and the second allowing the establishment of a Public Arts Commission.

City Manager Rachel Skaggs said the city currently doesn't have a code of conduct for truancy.
A Princeton schools committee recently got together and helped develop the code. Council member Laura Favia sat on the committee and said this code will allow the school to notify the city when a student reaches a certain limit of unexcused absences. The city will step in and take appropriate actions to solve the issue.

Favia said it's a good code to have because of the importance of getting students to school for education and the financial impact on the school district when students miss a number of days.

The council is expected to approve a second reading of the ordinance at its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Skaggs said the idea for the Public Arts Commission came out of the community revitalization workshops. Members will be appointed to the commission before the council approves the second reading of the ordinance, which is also expected at the next council meeting.