Parents and guardians of Alice High School students met with the new high school principal Wednesday morning.

Everyone was given coffee or orange juice and a slice of cake to snack on while Dr. Alex Gonzalez spoke about changes being made to the campus and the district. He spoke about the new truancy laws that went into affect on Sept. 1.

The new truancy law states that students will no longer have a criminal charge if they do not attend school regularly.

"We need to remind parents that the students can still be charged in a civil court while parents can be charged with a criminal case," said School Board Member Anjaette Benavides.

Parents expressed their concerns about absences counted against their children when they participated in school functions.

Gonzalez stated they have new plans to minimize problems and want to be notified if any arise throughout the year.

"We need students in class everyday," Gonzalez stated. ""The reality is they need to be here to learn."

The 20 parents welcomed Gonzalez to the district. Gonzalez graduated from Alice HS in 1991 and returned as principal for the new school year.