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March 25, 2003

Albany-- The high school drop-out rate in Dougherty County is dropping--a trend the system is hoping to continue with a new alternative school program.

Right now, between sixty and eighty students attend class daily at the Phoenix School on Highland Avenue. This is the official alternative school for sixth to twelfth graders, but the school system does offer other learning programs around the county.

Next fall, all the programs will be under one roof. Besides consolidating, grant money and other funds will pay for things like new computers and even day care. Curriculum and Instruction Director Ted Horton says, "Not everybody learns in the exact same way. And maybe with new alternative methods of instruction, those type of students turned off in a regular setting will have a second chance and we won't lose them."

Horton says the school system plans to develop a night school for drop-outs who are in the work force, but want to earn a diploma. The new school will be at the Phoenix School location, but under a new name.

Posted at 3:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com