Harlan Dropout Rate Up

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

The state Department of Education reports dropout rates fell slightly during the 2006-2007 school year, but one district saw dropout numbers higher than they've been in years.

Harlan County schools had the highest dropout rate in the state for the 2006-2007 school year.

“It makes it easy about what our priority need is for next year,” Harlan County High School Principal Bob Howard said.

The rate more than doubled since 2005 to almost 10 percent of students. School officials chalk it up to a heavier push to boost attendance. That backed some reluctant students into a corner.

“It kind of came back to bite us just a little bit because you know you put a child that really does not want to attend school in a situation where the court system has to handle them or, the other option would be to drop out or attend school, they chose to drop out of school,” Harlan County Superintendent Tim Saylor said.

Superintendent Saylor expects the balance to tip the other way with the opening of the new Harlan County High School this fall.

“I think it's going to help tremendously. I think some of our kids are bored, I really do, because of the limited amount of curriculum that were offered in our schools,” Saylor said.

New courses aim to pique their interest, along with extended library hours and chances to earn extra credits when they fall behind.

“There's so many things happening with this new school that's going to address these needs,” Principal Howard said.

“I don't think that this is going to be an issue two years from now, when we re-look at the numbers,” Principal Howard said.

The numbers showed a zero percent dropout rate in Corbin, Jackson, Jenkins, and Williamsburg Independent Schools, and Wolfe County Schools.

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  • by william Location: isom on May 29, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    And to have great schools and great teachers we must support them financially and this state is failing to do that and so is the No Child Left Behind act.
  • by jason Location: hazard on May 29, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    And to think that our lawmakers now find a greater reason to support mud holes for ATV's rather than education---lets vote them all out democrat and republican.
  • by teacher on May 29, 2008 at 03:10 AM
    I would love to see the percentage of what population was the dropouts. I bet it is the children in the special needs classrooms. They are made to take the regular education classes even though some of the children are reading way below level. Who would want to go to a class where you always felt like a failure. I am not making fun of these children, because I teach them. No Child Left Behind is doing a great injustice to these kids. I hope whoever becomes President will do away with it. A Concerned teacher, who has no voice in the matter.
  • by Bob Location: Middlesboro on May 28, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Why finish 4 years of high school when you can get your GED and go straight into the coalmines and make $20 a hr.


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