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Nearly 3K students withdrew from schools last year, 300 students dropped out

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System reported last week that nearly 3,000 students withdrew from its schools last school year, including nearly 300 dropouts.

At the request of school board Chairman Eddie Johnson, NCSS officials presented a withdrawal reason report for the previous school year to the board, showing that 2,912 students were withdrawn for various reasons from the system's 23 facilities. The numbers include 293 students considered as dropouts.

The report showed that 1,317 elementary students were withdrawn from the 13 NCSS elementary schools, and 56 of those were considered dropouts. From the five middle schools, 624 students were withdrawn, and 26 were considered dropouts. The three high schools reported that 875 students were withdrawn, and 190 were consider dropouts.

Additionally, 36 students withdrew from the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, but none were dropouts, and 60 students were withdrawn from Challenge Charter Academy, and 21 of them were considered dropouts.

Students are considered withdrawn for court or legal purposes; death; if they attend home study; if they transferred out of country, to a private school, to another public school system in Georgia, to another school in the system or out of state; if they advance to another school in NCSS; if they transfer to a state school, private school or public school under Senate Bill 10; as part of school choice transfers; if they are transferred under the Department of Juvenile Justice; and if they are not subject to compulsory school attendance, among other reasons, according to the chart.

Students may be considered dropouts due to being expelled or incarcerated, failing school, joining the military, being removed for lack of attendance, having a serious illness or for reasons unknown, among others.

When a parent or guardian does not withdraw a student from a current school, a local education agency shall withdraw the student, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

School officials said they make every effort to locate students once they leave NCSS.

Alcovy High School totals the highest number of withdrawn students with 370; they also hold the highest total of dropouts with 92. Newton High School had 328 students withdrawn, including 72 dropouts, and Eastside High had 177 students withdrawn, including 26 dropouts.

Across Newton County, 980 students were transferred to another public school system in Georgia, 767 were transferred to another school in the system, 411 transferred out of state, 258 transferred to private school, 149 attend home study and 116 were withdrawn for reasons unknown.

Not included in the withdrawal figures, the total number of graduates from NCSS last school year totaled 958 students, including 310 from Alcovy High School, 272 from Eastside High and 366 from Newton High.

NCSS reports all withdrawal and dropout information to the state Department of Education each year.

In April, the Georgia Department of Education announced that the graduation rate for NCSS was 64.14 percent for the 2010-11 school year under the new cohort calculation. The state has yet to release graduation rates or dropout rates for last school year.

Comments

Satan69 1 year, 11 months ago

congrats to LaQuanda Carpenter and Alcovy High School you keep making the bad news - highest number of drop outs and withdrawals at Alcovy High and their grad rate is below the one for the county WHEN WILL MATTHEWS GET IT!!!  This woman is ruining the school we pay for

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Personalsavior 1 year, 11 months ago

WOW 13% of the whole county's drop outs and withdrawals are at the school with biggest drops in SAT and lowest grad rate and suer principal unreal that the BOE is still around.   Somebody needs to get the grand jury on this Alcovy mess and fast.

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ShannonBlack 1 year, 11 months ago

I love Michelle Floyd.  She hunts the news down and slaps it around she don't just spit out those spin-me-crazy press releases from the BOE Alcovy parents need to send your news tips to Ms. FLoyd at the Newton Citizen if you want the truth out it won't get out the filter at the BOE.

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Kodaanddylansmom 1 year, 11 months ago

The newton citizen is a beautiful paper with beautiful people I love how they get the real truth. They don't go on hear say they get the real story. Unlike the trash paper who show up in people's yards with no warning and then talk and post depositions on the world wide web for everybody including china to see.

I don't blame the parents at all for taking their kids out of AHS. If they would get it straight over there maybe it would get better.

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flithymcnasty 1 year, 11 months ago

Laquandrea is the gift that keeps on giving she makes bad press even when school is out on break.  Failure total failure.

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amp72 1 year, 11 months ago

I bet Eddie Johnson regrets asking for that report! I guess the more proof that comes out the deeper the heads are buried in the sand. Sad situation.

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tomgahunter 1 year, 11 months ago

"Alcovy High School totals the highest number of withdrawn students with 370; they also hold the highest total of dropouts with 92."

TIME FOR CHANGE. Let's give the Carpenters to Clayton County.

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gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

OK Gary what’s today spin. Whose fault is now, did your dog eat your homework. Oh Eddie good job on getting this report out before the election now we know what kind of job you are doing. Leave to a bus driver to throw someone under the bus.

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henrystamm 1 year, 11 months ago

I love when they say for other reasons, catch faze for they do not know or deceiving reasons like they attended our tax paid schools from Clayton County. Dropout at the elementary schools? Give me a break!

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will 1 year, 11 months ago

Alcovy is number one again, this cess pool needs a thorough cleaning for sure. The BOE is a joke and they need a cleaning also, grow some backbone and get this mess taken care of. Hunter Hall why in the world will you not back the students in this county. This should be STRIKE THREE YOUR OUT. I bet Baxter is real proud of the school system they're moving into. BOE DO NOT BE SCARED OF A LAWYER AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

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Grandcanyon 1 year, 11 months ago

i guess this one backfired on Eddie Johnson poor thing bless his heart sort of like the Christian Center backfired on him since he fought the idea because it was staring in oh yes you guessed it EASTSIDE HIGH

Miss Floyd dig into the club funds at Alcovy High School. If Matthews releases the statement he did that school officials could have handled money better what evidence does he have of that? It is not his money.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

Leets see what kind of spin Matthews and Hall put on this. We now have 370 less students so class sizes are smaller??

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deathtotaxes 1 year, 11 months ago

How do you drop out of elementary school? What a mess NCSS is. I don;t understand why the BOE is not commenting on any of this.

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gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

Gary where’s your comments you join us earlier in the week How about today? What about the 300 what are you going to help them? What are you doing to bring this # lower? If you stay at these numbers in 10 years it will be 3000 children NCSS has failed. That’s about 3% of newton county population will drop out of school over 10 years and over 20 it will be 6% and 30 it will be 9%. Over a 30 year period it will be 900 children is that # ok with you? If this is what you call is good schools why we should believe you when you say the Charter School bill is bad.

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gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

Vote Yes on Charter Schools give the parentsStrong the choice not the NCSS

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Zone4 1 year, 11 months ago

Elementary drop outs forreal ?? ... the high school withdraws and dropouts where high last year because of what standardized test that's being fazed hmm I wonder . cant blame the principals in my eyes for everything now !

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Grandcanyon 1 year, 11 months ago

@frustrated oh you know there will be something added to that if Hunter Hall has his way he will have Mathews say that they werent drop outs those were additions and we should praise AHS because they do no wrong and there principal is awesome true to form. Ok.

We need all the parents of the NCSS who are fed up to show up at the October 9th meeting and raise some cain lets face it people unless we all come together on some agreement more kids are going to suffer and the school will stand empty because pretty soon it will be to overwhelming for teachers, students and parents and well case closed.

Strong leadership is definately needed badly. So lets get together and pack the boardroom and show our hiney's until they get sick of us.

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Shart15 1 year, 11 months ago

@Amp your right and the reason for this is because they are either afraid or ashamed and then you have to admit their are some who just get on here and vent. When in all actuality it should be vented in the BOE meeting in front of the board. My thing is this I attended the meeting when Prince Hunter was present and the sugguestion from the peanut gallery was raised and I qoute " people instead of blogging please come to us directly and offer solution then we can work on it together." The problem with that is no matter what is asked what we the publc care about when we do offer a solution it is looked over or swept under the rug. Also with Mathews siding with the Carpenters and slapping them on the wrist and pacifing them Dennis will always have his way or no way. It is a shame and most people and I don't speak for everyone, but lets face it if the board won't back their own board member why are we the public any different? Answer that Mr Mathews or Hunter be my guest.

Sad fact of the matter is a lot of this comes from just that not listening and taking action or half assing it thinking it will fix it self, sad fact of reality take a look around Mathews, Hall and Mr Carpenter nothing is getting better its getting worse and out of control. It needs to be stopped all of us together not one of us only fighting and getting the message out there.

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Shart15 1 year, 11 months ago

@tomgahunter that's a very good idea however you think Matthews will let them go that easy? The sad fact of the matter is the carpenters should have been gone before this mess just with all the other millions of catastrophes that have happened. You know something else that never ceases to amaze me is no matter what is said and done these people come out smelling like roses. Wht a shame.

Come to the BOE meeting Tuesday October 9, 2012 and get this straight.

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56vick 1 year, 11 months ago

If you truly cared for your children ypu would send them to private schools .Just ask Neal Boortz .Just look at the quality of the teachers that teach our children . A teaching degree is almost as impressive as having a degree in under water basket weaving . Beg, borrow or steal but get your chilren out of public schools and give them a chance . Demand that our government give us a choice for our children .

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MamaTurd 1 year, 11 months ago

@Will that is true why won't Hunter Hall back the students in the county its bad enough you won't back the board members but not even the kids. That is a shame. There should be a three strike rule I do agree. If a good cleaning house isn't done at Alcovy the students will just finally revolt and then what people? Think about that. maybe we should bring the whole school to the board meeting and get there take on it? I just know that something needs to be done for the kids sake. It is really horrible they have to be subjected to that, we have food fights, physical fights and pot brownies which that isn't anyone's fault except the baker. Point there is too much going on everywhere for these kids to have to deal with.

Not only that then they see the high school principal suing for freedom of speech, thats insane all these adults bickering such a nice environment.

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Tatersalad 1 year, 11 months ago

If AHS didnt have so much wonderful publicity then maybe we wouldn't have so many dropouts. I can just see it oh where does your child attend? Prison 36!!!! That's where little Johnny learned how to make pot brownies the special ones and taser training. Wow

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ShannonBlack 1 year, 11 months ago

@gsm 3000 will be failed sooner then 10 years if aren't careful. This is such a mess and there are so many affected in this and nobody realizes this or maybe they have blinders on ?

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gsm7476 1 year, 11 months ago

Gary it’s time to turn in your homework. Do you have the answers to my questions? What do you plan to do to help the NCSS 300? No spin just answers.

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Frustrated 1 year, 11 months ago

I bet the dog ate his homework

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JoanD 1 year, 11 months ago

I do believe the dog did eat it frustrated!!! @gsm I know I have to agree we need answers Gary where are they? you were all about wanting to chat with us last week. Where are you now? Well I can't believe Elementry school drop outs my lord. I need a pot brownie on that. Not really people but come on Mr Mathews we need some help here.

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deathtotaxes 1 year, 10 months ago

3000 drop outs = lower property taxes!

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

OK Its been 24 hours and Gary has not turned in his homework. It is stating to look like may be it is time for a new super. Gray Clayton County needs you we dont

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

maybe we should send him to detention or in school suspension? Better yet, lets just send him packing.

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Calisweetheart 1 year, 10 months ago

I find great humor in the fact that Mr Mathews doesnt even have the respect to come back on here and answer our questions!!! I also cannot believe that he was on here to begin with, so my question is SIR you can find time to blog but not help the board and your NCSS come to a conclusion on how to stop this chaos? Interesting! Maybe Dennis took lessons from you or vice versa on trolling the comments. Wow, but can't seem to figure the problems out. Well I will give you a hint.

Admin, teachers and everything in between.

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ShannonBlack 1 year, 10 months ago

Dang Cali u nailed that one.

Or as Mr Johnson put it " you hit that out of the park"

Lets spend more time on problem solving and less on arguing and telling people what should and should not write.

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

OK lets play the daily game where's Gary. It has been 48 hours Gary the questions are still out thier. Lets here your spin or maybe you the cat has your toounge.

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder now the GA Attorney General has told the State BOE that taking a stand on an issue up for public vote is not legal if the Newton BOE will revote on their resolution. May be a call to the AG office may happen today.

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

"DOE spokesman Matt Cardoza said the attorney general’s office did not “order” Barge to remove the letter but advised him to remove it “to avoid potential litigation.” Attorney Glenn Delk said he planned to file suit in Fulton Superior Court on Friday if the letter was not removed." (AJC) any body have Mr. Delks Number

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Satan69 1 year, 10 months ago

Your going to be waiting an awfully long time gsm7476. I think he is scared to give you the answer.

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

Could it be because he DOESNT have an answer?

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

Gary still waiting it's day 3. 300 of the class of 2012 need you to tell them how you are going to help them now?

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

One Clue to Gray who wants to know who old GSM7476 is? You spoke to me this week. Be carefull what you say in public to those you work with it my end up here.

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

Gary still waiting it's day 4. 300 of the class of 2012 need you to tell them how you are going to help them now?

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amp72 1 year, 10 months ago

This is what leadership looks like. When people are not held accountable then leaders step in and make the changes themselves. Dr. Mathews, take note:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/north-atlanta-high-school-staff-changes-take-paren/nSWmM/

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LOVINGLIFE 1 year, 10 months ago

Mr Matthews........The time has come for you to take control , and make the neccesary changes . We are tired of the irresponsible leadership !! You have got the the majority of the community backing you , if you will step up to the plate. Lets get this taken care of .

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

Please help Gary's Kids all 300.

PS still waiting gary.

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