Pitt Co. Schools Say Programs Helping With Drop Out Rates

Drop out rates have dropped in Pitt County Schools since 2007 and school leaders say it's thanks in a large part to "Project Success" and "Project Equal," which were introduced in Pitt County that year.

Devinder Culver, Community Project Coordinator says the programs help with suspensions classified as category one offenses, such a disruptive in class or uniform infractions. "They're able to go to classes so they don't fall behind so it's a win win all around because they are not out on the streets and they are still in school."

In exchange for taking part in the program, the students must perform community service.

Culver says parents with kids who are category one offenders can choose to have their children take part in "Project Equal," or they can take the out of school suspension as usual.

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  • by jdgarrish Location: winterville on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Instead of investing time and money on program after program that doesn't work, let me say this again VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL. Students will be working on a career that interests them and provide a good citizen ffor the work place. These kids on the program are not always supervised, and things can and will get stolen from classrooms and other areas.
  • by i know on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    Mostly the kids do 'time' in their own school, after school hours, helping janitors or do other small tasks on the grounds.
  • by cj on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    some of these 'kids' need some community service in their lives. nothing wrong with a little work to help learn a lesson. but imo, if these kids want to drop out, there's not a whole lot we can do about it. we can't save them if they don't want to be saved. focus resources on those that want to be there.
  • by eric here on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    I do not believe it is a crutch, this program seems like a good lesson for kids. It shows that if u break the rules u will have to pay the consequences, just like state and federal laws. This is a more logical thing to do then just say well u broke a rule now don’t come to school so u can fall behind your peers and probably b home all day alone while your parents work or out in the street getting into trouble. And I’m sure they don’t have to do slave labor and most community services I have known about r run by non-profits to help elderly or clean up parks and what not. I don’t think the school will send them into factories and coal mines to work for free while the school gets the money, well I would hope not anyway. And by having the option to do a little work or get a free out of school pass they would choose to work and still go back to school to learn shows they r not bad kids just slightly misguided but still want to learn or so it would seem.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Irf parents of these children got more involved and had interest in their children's school work then we wouldn't have to continue coming up with new ways to "save" the children. Get em out of gangs and street life and off of the x-boxes...Mama and Daddy have the power to do this!!
  • by Black Business Owner Location: Greenville on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    Why can't the young adults simply not be disruptive in class or follow a simple dress code? We are again simply giving them another crutch to lean on so they can come up with excuses for not following simple rules. The real world will not treat them with kid gloves like this.
  • by John Location: Pitt on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    So you are saying that the School System gets no money for the community service performed by the students. So the school system is promoting forced free labor?? What type of list does the student get to chose from to perform the service at? Has it been looked at to make sure there are no monetary ties with members of the school system and the places the services are done at? Who decides if these jobs are safe for underage workers?
  • by Kane on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    To John: None. They have the option of performing the service or taking the suspension. Instead of suspending the kids, they are in class and have to perform a service.
  • by John Location: Pitt on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    How much money does the school system get per student that does this community service?

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