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PROGRAM AIMS TO LOWER DAVIE COUNTY DROPOUT RATE, HELP STUDENTS GET MODIFIED DIPLOMA

Bryan Jones is the first to admit it.He doesn't much care for school."To be honest, I'd rather go to work than school," Bryan, 17, said last week. "I like getting my hands dirty."Bryan was on the path to becoming a dropout before Davie County Schools stepped in with a newly launched program that will help select students get their high school diplomas.The program is designed for all students who may be on the cusp of dropping out, but it should, in particular, improve the school system's four-year graduation rate for male students.Like school systems across the country, boys at Davie County High School tend to drop out of high school at a higher rate than girls.