New laws on books regarding truancy Photo courtesy of HUSDChristi Barrett became HUSD first female superintendent in 2016. She is expected to earn her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in 2018. ■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor The school attendance program at Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was recognized for its innovative practices in reducing suspensions, expulsions and chronic absenteeism. Hemet’s program was one of 27 in the state to receive this recognition by the California Department of Education’s Model School Attendance Review Board (SARB). According to Alex Cass, public information officer at HUSD, staff works diligently to communicate with parents and students the importance of students being in school

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