Getting to Zero – Gaston County Schools, NC

Zero Dropouts would like to recognize Gaston County Schools as a Getting to Zero School District – almost half way there to reaching the goal of having zero dropouts in their school district.

Congratulations to Gaston County Schools in North Carolina for signifcantly lowering its dropouts numbers since the 07-08 school year.  That year showed 607 students dropping out of school, and the figures just released for the 11-12 school year indicate a decrease to 336 students dropping out of school.  This represents a 45% reduction in the span of 4 years, an amazing 271 students kept in school this year compared to four years ago.

School Superintendent Reeves McGlohon credits the recent year’s reduction with a greater emphasis on working with students one on one at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.  Social workers work with individuals students to find alternatives to keep them in school and the district office provides both coordination and support.

According to this year’s annual dropout report, 81 of the 115 school districts in North Carolina saw their dropout numbers decline as the state witnessed a decrease of 12.1 percent in students dropping out of school statewide.