Dropout program begins in October in Columbus

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Municipal School District’s dropout prevention program kicks off Oct. 15, says superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Liddell told a civic club this week that the district’s five-year graduation rate, at 69.7 percent, is the second lowest in region.

Liddell says in mid-October, the district will begin soliciting churches and other nonprofit agencies to offer space for “e-centers,” which will allow students to earn high school credit for online classes.

She says certified teachers will provide the classes by way of Skype, which allows users to communicate in real-time by voice, video and instant messaging.

Students would follow the state-approved curriculum and must pass the same state exams as mainstream students to receive a high school diploma.