The Times West Virginian

January 26, 2013

Dropout rate continues to decline

County number trending downward over last few years; many programs available

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The number of students dropping out of school continues to decline in Marion County.

Superintendent of Schools Gary Price reported that the county has had 36 dropouts so far this school year. The number has been trending downward over the last few years.

Marion County saw 90 children drop out during the 2007-2008 school year. The number jumped up to 119 in 2008-2009, but then decreased to 108 in 2009-2010, 72 in 2010-2011, and 41 in 2011-2012, he said.

Price said one indicator that a student may be inclined to drop out is if he or she doesn’t perform well freshman year. If students fail a couple classes their first year of high school, they often get discouraged because they have to look at retaking those courses in addition to dealing with their class load for the next year.

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