The Todd County School Board raised its minimum dropout age to 18 at a meeting earlier this week and believe they are prepared for the transition.
Board Member Amy Frogue says first reading was approved as part of the school system's policies and procedures. She says programs are already in place to support students who are at risk of dropping out.
Nancy Rodriguez with the Kentucky Department of Education says Todd County was not among the first 96 to get the change submitted to the state and won't be receiving $10,000 in grant money.
She says the dropout age change takes effect during the 2015-16 school year in districts that have already taken action. All school districts in Kentucky must implement the change no later than the 2017-18 school year.