Marshall County raises dropout age from 16 to 18


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - The Board of Education in Marshall County, Kentucky has become one of the first in the state to raise its dropout age from 16 to 18 years old.

Minutes after midnight, the board unanimously passed the new proposal.

As incentive to pass the higher age, the state is giving the first districts to do so a $10,000 grant. But Marshall County Superintendent Trent Lovett says that's not the only reason. He tells Local 6 that 16 is too young to be making a decision that's going to affect the rest of your life.

Mother and district employee Christy Johnson agrees with Lovett.

"At the age of 18, they're more mature than 16," Johnson said. "At 16 they're just starting to drive, learning responsibilities. But at 18, then they can make their decisions at that age."

Lovett says their next step is uploading an application for the grant. Kentucky Department of Education Spokeswomen Nancy Rodriguez says the grants will be awarded to the first 57 districts that apply after July 1.

The new dropout age will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.