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Drop-out rates statewide have declined

New statewide school drop-out numbers are out, and they show the first decline in three years. North Carolina's dropout rate was just below five percent for the 2007-2008 school year. New Hanover County had a 5.4 percent dropout rate with 421 students leaving before graduation. Although that's an improvement from last year, the school board wants even more of a decrease. Administrators designed an aggressive improvement strategy, made up of more than 100 policies, services, interventions and strategies to keep kids in school. In our area, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties have also all seen a decline in students dropping out. The state superintendent of public instruction said attendance issues are the top reason why students drop out. Others drop out for academic reasons, while some are counted as dropouts because they opt to enroll in community college to get their GED. "We want this to be a trend and not just a one year blip, we want it to be a downward trend for the next several years and we think the things we have in place that will help us get to that," said Rick Holiday the assistant superintendent for support services. Pender County saw a 14.8 percent decline in their dropout rates; New Hanover County had a 9.7 percent decline; Brunswick County saw a 7.5 percent decline; Columbus County saw the biggest decline at 17 percent. School officials say parental involvement plays a major role in keeping students on the right track.

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Here you go again showing

Here you go again showing New Hanover High School on the front for dropouts. At least you showed another school on the other page but hey where is Hoggard? I bet kids drop out there all the time also.