STANFORD - Students at Lincoln County High School, struggling against a high dropout and retention rate, are now receiving help through a newly implemented advising system. According to head Principal Ty Howard, the program has met with enthusiastic approval from staff and students.
"The whole idea is to make it more personable for the kids. They are coming here and getting lost in a sea of 1,100," said Howard. Last spring, only 200 of the original 340 students who started out as freshmen four years ago graduated. The number of students held back each year has consistently been above area averages.
"We found we were having a big problem here, and we were going to have to address it," said Howard.
The new program limits the student/adviser ratio to about 20 to one.
"A lot of kids up here, if they don't bond with a teacher, they don't feel they have anyone to turn to," said Paula Playforth, lead program adviser and math teacher.