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Spokane, WA 99201-2091
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Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders

Grant funding obtained through the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (GJJAC), and in conjunction with the Models for Change initiative, the Juvenile Court placed a Probation Officer in West Valley School District to pilot a program working with truant youth.

The Truancy Specialist utilizes the Check and Connect Model (A best practice program). Check and connect includes four components; mentoring, systematic monitoring, timely and individualized intervention, and enhancing home-school support.

This Truancy Specialist

  • Participates as a member of the West Valley School District Community Truancy Board.
  • Meets with the truant youth and his/her family to assess the youth’s needs and strengths.
  • Refers the truant youth to necessary services.
  • Monitors truant youth’s attendance and behavior at school.
  • Acts as a liaison between West Valley School District and the Juvenile Court.
  • Educates the community on Truancy issues.

The first two years of the program were very successful, resulting in zero students being found in contempt of their Truancy petitions. The last time West Valley contempt rates were this low was in 1998.

For More Information

Contact Information
Primary Contact Secondary Contact

Martin Kolodrub
Truancy Specialist
Spokane County Juvenile Court
(509) 599-3339

Bonnie Bush
Court Administrator
Spokane County Juvenile Court
(509) 477-2406


CTB Toolkit Request Form

Submit the following form to request a Community Truancy Board Toolkit.
What is a Community Truancy Board Toolkit?

The name, email, phone, and agency fields are required.