By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
After Holt Public Schools Trustee Mark Needham attended an Ingham Schools Officers Association meeting he knew that Holt Public schools needed to improve their plan to keep students in the classroom. “While our dropout rate is on par with national average we have a fair amount of ninth-grade students who start high school within the district and then end up switching to a different district,” Needham said. “That’s where our problem lies, and we are working every day to figure out why students are leaving and what we can do to keep them here.”
According to The National Center for Education Statistics the national high school dropout rate is about 6.5 percent and while Michigan’s dropout rate is 9.61 percent Holt Public Schools remains right with the national average at 6.9 percent. Most students who dropout of high school fit in the at risk category regrading GPA’s, family life and economic status. Barbara Markle, Assistant Dean for K-12 Outreach in the College of Education at Michigan State University talks about the programs she works to implement in schools for at-risk students.