Low drop out rates in West Kentucky due to special programs

A new law requires students who dropped out of high school under the age of 18 to either complete their GEDs by June 30 or re-enroll in school for fall.

The new law made $10,000 grants available for each school district to either enforce the new law or supplement existing programs that keep high school students from dropping out.

In our local area, sending notices to students is not much of a problem. Dropout rates in many of our local counties are below state average. An open campus program in McCracken County provides a small classroom setting with more one-on-one teacher/student time with less distraction. 

“There are not as many distractions as at McCracken County High School,” open campus senior David Shelby said.

Another soon-to-be graduate, Tiffany Carneal, says she may have dropped out without the program, adding that “high school is not as easy as people would like to believe it is.” 

The director of the open campus program, Burlin Brower, said he thinks it is really making a difference. 

“There are so many kids we see that would not have graduated without this program,” Brower said.

Many school districts, like McCracken and Marshall counties, put the grant money toward programs that keep at-risk kids on track to graduate.

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