ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The county, city and school board are teaming up to help fight truancy in Dougherty County schools.
Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards, City Commissioner John Howard and future school board member, Velvet Riggins will be starting the S.H.I.E.L.D. Program.
Volunteers from Albany State University, Turner Job Corp and the community will be mentoring students with multiple suspensions, have gone through the juvenile court, or have completed boot camp.
"It's important to the Dougherty County School System that the children be assisted in their learning no just by the teachers and the faculty in our school system, but also by the community.
And when the community wants to make an effort, we are all for that and we support their work in doing that," said DCSS Public Information Officer, R.D. Harter.
The program will start in January at Turner Elementary school because it is the poorest school in the system. And 35-percent of students there were absent six or more school days during the school year.
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