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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: NOVEMBER 12, 2008


Forty-two groups in 30 counties across North Carolina have received $5.2 million in grants to help reduce the number of high school dropouts. The grants, which range in size from $43,360 to $150,000, were awarded to school systems, schools, agencies and nonprofits that had originally applied for funding in 2007 but did not receive funding during the first round.

The North Carolina General Assembly's Committee on Dropout Prevention selected the grant recipients. The committee, which is co-chaired by Dr. David B. Strahan and Bill Farmer, was created by the General Assembly to help improve high school graduation rates in North Carolina.

The committee will evaluate the programs that receive grants and decide whether expanding or replicating them will improve graduation rates in the state. The committee also will review research on student success, study major middle and high school reform efforts and how they may influence the dropout rate, review the courses required for graduation and determine whether changes should be made, and determine which strategies best help students remain in school when they are at risk of being retained.

The North Carolina Dropout Prevention Committee's Grant Review Subcommittee met via conference call on Monday to discuss the rubric to be used to grant continued funding for 37 applicants approved in the first round of funding. The committee will determine those receiving additional and new funding at its Nov. 20-21 meeting.

For more information, please contact Debora Sydnor at 919.807.3925 or

Dropout Prevention Grant second round recipients are as follows:

Cabarrus Kannapolis City Schools $130,000
Caldwell Communities in Schools of Caldwell County $145,974
Columbus New Hope Missionary Baptist Church $81,100
Columbus Whiteville City Schools $150,000
Craven Havelock High School $125,180
Cumberland Cumberland County Schools Indian Education $150,000
Davidson Thomasville City Schools $55,355
Duplin Charity Middle School $79,426
Duplin Duplin County Schools $150,000
Durham Bridges Pointe Foundation, Inc $139,334
Edgecombe OIC, Inc $139,494
Edgecombe St. Luke Total Community Outreach Ministries, Inc $71,508
Granville Granville County Schools $150,000
Halifax Together Transforming Lives, Inc $150,000
Halifax Ivory Community Development Corporation, Inc $150,000
Halifax Hobgood Citizen Group, Inc $53,793
Johnston Johnston County Schools $125,402
Jones Jones County Schools $43,360
Martin Martin County Schools $109,516
Nash Word Tabernacle Church $141,241
Northampton Northampton County Schools $147,950
Perquimans Perquimans County Schools $150,000
Pitt Ray of Hope, Inc $150,000
Robeson Boys and Girls Club of Lumberton/Robeson County $150,000
Robeson Communities in Schools of Robeson County $57,200
Robeson Sacred Pathways $92,452
Rockingham Rockingham County Schools $150,000
Rowan Communities in Schools of Rowan County, Inc $113,755
Rowan West Rowan High School $150,000
Rutherford Rutherford County Schools $150,000
Sampson Clinton City Schools $150,000
Sampson Sampson County Schools $58,450
Scotland Scotland County Schools $149,948
Union Environmental Expeditions $150,000
Vance Vance County Schools $150,000
Warren The Warren Family Institute $149,000
Watauga Appalachian State University $147,692
Wayne Dillard Academy Charter School $148,363
Wayne ADLA, Inc $149,745
Wayne/Duplin Mount Olive College $150,000
Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Wilson, Inc $135,000
Wilson The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Wilson, NC $94,225


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.