Russell Schools Schedule Midnight Meeting on Dropout Age

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

RUSSELL, Ky. (AP) -- The Russell Independent School District is so eager to collect a $10,000 incentive grant for raising the dropout age to 18 it has set a midnight meeting for the first day the action is allowed.

The board will hold the meeting at midnight June 25.

Only the first 57 school districts in Kentucky that raise the age will be awarded the grant, which is coming from a $570,000 pool of money the state Department of Education is using for dropout prevention.

The grants are to be used to help plan and implement the change.

A law passed earlier this year specifies that after 55 percent of districts increase the dropout age to 18, then all of Kentucky's remaining districts must follow suit within four years.

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