As part of a truancy initiative, Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons is supplying faculty at five area schools with "attendance-keeping books."
Chickasaw, Cypress, Hamilton, Hickory Ridge, and Sherwood Middle Schools are part of the D.A.'s Truancy Reduction Initiative. After students have five unexcused absences, they are paired with mentors.
"Last school year, there were some issues obtaining accurate attendance records because of troubles with the software, so we have asked that the principals of these schools also take attendance 'the old fashioned way,' with pencil and paper," Gibbons said.
No word on whether other schools will be asked to use stone tablets.