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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: NOVEMBER 8, 2007


The Dropout Prevention Grant application and corresponding downloadable forms are now available on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Web site,, under Highlights and via links located at the bottom of this press release.

The North Carolina General Assembly convened a Dropout Prevention Grants Committee to distribute $7 million in grant funds appropriated during its 2007 session to support programs and initiatives that target students at risk of dropping out of school.

School districts, schools, local agencies and nonprofit organizations can apply for the dropout prevention grants, which are to be used for innovative programs and initiatives that target students at risk of dropping out of school and that demonstrate the potential to:

  • be developed into effective, sustainable and coordinated dropout prevention and re-entry programs in middle and high schools; and
  • serve as effective models for other programs.

Programs and initiatives that receive grants shall be based on best practices for preventing students from dropping out of school or for increasing the high school completion rate for those students who already have dropped out of school. Priority will be given to new programs and initiatives or those that have begun within the last five school years.

To assist potential applicants with the application process, two additional technical assistance meetings have been scheduled. These meetings will be held on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon at the Wilson County Agriculture Building in Wilson and at the Western Region Education Service Alliance A-B Tech/Enka Campus in Asheville. Directions to these meeting locations also are available on the NCDPI's homepage,, under Highlights and via a link at the bottom of this release.

Application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m., Dec. 17, to Kathy Sullivan, North Carolina State Board of Education, 6302 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6302. Fax and email copies will not be reviewed. Grant recipients will be selected Jan. 14-15 and notified on Jan. 18.

Technical questions regarding the grant application or selection process should be directed to the following State Board of Education staff: Kathy Sullivan (919.807.3608; or Marvin Pittman (919.807.3911; Media inquires should be directed to NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.