Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The County of Hidalgo will use funding to increase services to the community, school districts, parents and students in response to the growing truancy problem. New personnel will be added to expedite and expand a truancy program. Hidalgo County has fifteen school districts and ten charter schools, and their court presently serves seven school districts and four charter schools. Funds will be utilized in the development of a database to track the juvenile's progress and attendance records.