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Tuesday, Oct 16 2012 07:35 PM

Education roundup: Truancy sweep nets citations, scoldings

By The Bakersfield Californian

Ten students were cited for truancy and 48 others were contacted and talked to about a troubling attendance record after a multi-agency truancy sweep Tuesday.

One adult was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child endangerment and possession of marijuana, according to the Kern High School District Police Department.

Agencies participating In the truancy sweep included the Kern High School District Police Department, the Kern County Probation Department, the Kern County Sheriff's Office and the Bakersfield Police Department.

Law enforcement fanned out all over the region Tuesday in search of young people who were not excused from school but absent during school hours. Such sweeps are conducted roughly once a month during the school year, said Kern High School District Police Chief Mike Collier.

Truancy is an infraction that can draw a range of punishments depending on the severity of the problem. Punishments can be fines of $150 to $390, suspension of a minor's driver's license, loss of government aid for families receiving public assistance, community service and serving time in juvenile hall.

The Taft College Foundation's third annual Rib-Eye Cookout will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Taft College Quad, 29 Emmons Park Drive in Taft.

The evening includes live music by the band "Blackboard Playboys," a raffle for a 37-inch television and catered steaks from Tumbleweed Cafe and Bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children. Proceeds benefit the scholarships and teaching grants, among other things.

For information, call 763-7700.

Prior to the cookout, Taft College will formally dedicate the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Emmons Park Drive and Wildcat Way. The center is named for the college's football coach from 1976 to 1991. He died in 2009.

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