City, county cut dropout rates

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Dropout rates for Kentucky high school students in the 2001-2002 school year are at a 10-year low, according to an official report released by the Kentucky Department of Education. And localhigh schools are among those making improvements.

According to the report, Frankfort High School was the fifth most improved Kentucky school in dropout rates between the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 terms. In the 2000-2001 school year FHS dropout rates were 4.94 percent and in 2001-2002 the had dropped to 0.95 percent.

Joretta Crowe, Frankfort High School guidance counselor, said one of the reasons the school is doing so well is the small number of students.

"Because we are so small, we are able to really keep tabs on our kids," she said. "We have a really good personal relationship with our kids, so if something is happening in the classroom or if attendance isn't going very well, then we will get on that immediately. (The teachers) will refer (the students) to me or we will refer them to someone else to make sure they get the help they need."

Dropout rates are determined by the number of students who quit and who don't enroll in other schools during the school year. Dropout rates averaging more than 6 percent over a two-year period prevent schools from receiving state reward money.

In addition, FHS participates in the ETAP (Excellence through Attendance Program) with District Judges Guy Hart and Thomas Wingate and Family Court Judge Reed Rhorer.

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