According to attendance records from the Washington County Board of Education, one daughter, then 15, had 22 1/2 unexcused absences and 18 excused absences between Sept. 18, 1995, and March 26, 1996.
A second daughter, then 14, had 18 1/2 unexcused absences and 18 excused absences during the same period.
That works out to one day off for each girl for every 3 1/2 days they attended.
Both girls have since turned 16 and have dropped out of school, said Joe Millward, supervisor of pupil personnel and guidance for the school board.
He said the school board could have pressed charges for several counts but decided not to.
"We want to send a message. We don't want to hurt anybody," Millward said. "We have in the past taken people to court. We don't try to do that on a regular basis. It's kind of a last resort sort of thing."
Millward said the board looked at other options before filing the charges.
The maximum penalty for violating the Maryland compulsory school attendance law is a $50 fine and 10 days in jail for each count.
Millward said this wasn't the first time the law has been enforced, and it isn't the harshest sentence a parent has faced.
"It's not something we like doing, it's not something we look forward to doing, but we've got to send a message," Millward said. "There are two younger children who actually do live here with other relatives and are attending regularly now and I think that speaks for the message which was sent."