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Adair County eager to adopt 18 year old drop out rule

2013-04-19 - 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Brenda Mann, Assistant Adair County School Superintendent, gave an impassioned, eloquent plea for the adoption of an 18 year old drop out rule, and the Adair County School Board, meeting in regular session Thursday, April 18, 2013, was eager to adopt it, but Board Attorney Jeff Hoover advised that such a rule should not be adopted until the Kentucky Department of Education issues guidelines. Mr. Hoover said that the KDE has announced that submission of the Board's new regulation cannot be submitted to the KDE until Jun 25, 2013. At right: School Board Member Mike Harris (Div 5) a vocal proponent of the new rule listened intently. "It's heartbreaking to have students drop out, and then, a year or so later, see them in court in orange inmate jumpsuits, handcuffed and shackled," she said, urging action which will save the Adair youth from the consequences of being a dropout, and make them, instead, useful, contributing members of the community. Mann said that 75% of inmates are high school dropouts.
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