While not a cure-all, the in-school officers have been an effective part of a comprehensive approach to addressing truancy in those counties, he said.
"It's an important part of a component to deal with a truancy issue that we are just wallowing in all across West Virginia," he said.
"The concept is to be more quickly able to address attendance and behavioral issues at the local level," he said.
While the county school boards pay the salaries and all expenses for the in-school officers, the officers are employees of the Supreme Court, Lacy said.
Asked whether the in-school officers are cost-effective, Lacy noted that 80 percent of the inmates currently in state prisons were high-school truants or dropouts.
"The question is, at what end will we pay the cost? Will it be now or later?" he said.
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