Rome City School District Hopes to Raise Graduation Rates

Published 08/26 2014 10:24PM

Updated 08/26 2014 10:25PM

Rome City School District announcing a new program on Tuesday to increase graduation rates.

At-risk students will be identified - by their grades, attendance, income, and other factors.  Then they'll be paired with an advocate who can help them develop skills for the professional world while helping them earn their high school diplomas.   It's all through a nationally-recognized youth program called hillside work-scholarship connection.

"They brought to the district a well-developed and well researched program that has been successful in other larger urban school districts to assist students to graduate on time, and showing that they have the skills and the readiness to be successful. Whether they decide to go to college, or whether they choose to go into the work force," says Jeffrey Simons, superintendent.

The program has proven successful in Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo schools. And it's made possible thanks to the community foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

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