After highest enrollment, Middle College sees drop

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Commonwealth Middle College has seen a drop in participation as funding concerns stopped two western Kentucky school districts from sending a new class through the program.

The drop comes one year after the school recorded its highest enrollment.

Marshall and McCracken county school districts launched the program with 100 high school juniors and seniors in 2009 by partnering with West Kentucky Community & Technical College. Paducah Public and Graves County schools joined in 2011, expanding the program to 160 students in 2012.

Paducah and Graves will not enroll juniors in the program next fall.

Marshall County Schools Superintendent Trent Lovett told The Paducah Sun that hopes to make the program self-sustaining haven't worked out.

Middle College students take high school classes and college courses in place of elective classes.

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