State officials seek public help to keep students in school: W-S Journal

Community members told a state panel late last week in Winston-Salem that more alternatives to traditional high schools are needed. See this story from the Winston-Salem Journal. The hearing was intended to gather ideas on what makes students drop out of high school. See this excerpt:

Kenneth Simington, the assistant superintendent for student services for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, talked about the system’s dropout-prevention, intervention and recovery programs.

One of the most successful, he said, is the practice of sending postcards to students who have dropped out.

“It sounds kind of quirky, but you’d be surprised how many call back,” he said.

Many students who call back and are interested in returning to school don’t want to return to a conventional high school, Simington said. The school system has set up several alternative programs in the past few years for students who aren’t comfortable in traditional high schools, including a career-prep pilot program for students who failed ninth grade, and a few programs that school officials offer in cooperation with Forsyth Technical Community College. They plan to offer more in the future.

E.C. 🙂

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