School official raises truancy concerns


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville Enlarged School District official recently told the Fulton County Board of Supervisors he is looking for more public dialogue about school truancy issues.

Gloversville High School Assistant Principal Mark Batty, representing the Fulton County Truancy Task Force, addressed the board at a meeting at the County Office Building.

“I’m here to ask for some honest dialogue about the truancy issue,” Batty told supervisors.

He asked board members to contact him to discuss truancy further.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Monday he believes Batty is trying to raise more awareness about truancy.

Batty and county District Attorney Louise Sira are involved in the task force, which is trying to reduce truancy rates among the county’s public school students. The group has looked into new approaches to curbing truancy, from establishing community daytime curfews to studying teenagers’ eligibility to obtain learner’s permits or driver’s licenses to their daily attendance at school.

In other Board of Supervisors business:

– Supervisors amended the county’s Rules of Order to delete the Forest Practice Board special committee. Stead said the state last year dissolved the board and didn’t tell the county, which “surprised us.”

– The board authorized a provider agreement between the county Public Health Department and the state Department of Health to provide service coordination to children in the Early Intervention Program. The state implemented a new system that coordinates services through a “fiscal agent,” and the public health department will continue 0to receive Medicaid reimbursement.

– Supervisors appointed William Ferguson of Gloversville to the Fulton County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

– The board issued a county proclamation supporting the declaration of April 21 to 27 as National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at