Christian County became one of the first in Kentucky to pass final reading of a measure to raise its minimum dropout age to 18 at a special-called board meeting this morning.
Convening in a rare 7 a.m. session, the board members present unanimously voted to raise the dropout age to 18 and adjourned within five minutes. Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill said they were prepared to get the documentation to the state very quickly.
The reason for the rush is because the Kentucky Department of Education offered $10,000 grants to the first 50 districts that raised their dropout age. The General Assembly passed legislation this year giving school boards the option to do so.
Ms. Gemmill says that money will help implement programs already underway to serve students who might otherwise quit school.
Once 55 percent of Kentucky school districts raise their dropout age to 18, the remaining school districts would have four years to implement the change.