The Southwest R-V School Board discussed dropout rates at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 15.
The board reviewed the district's dropout rates from the last three years. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, Southwest's dropout rates increased from 2.1 percent to 4.5 percent between 2006 and 2007. Last year's dropout rate was recorded at 3.1 percent.
After assessing the dropout rates, the board received an update on the at-risk programs that are currently offered in the district.
According to Superintendent Doug Lawyer, Southwest offers the following programs for students who are at-risk of dropping out of school: Study Island; Trojan Time; Positive Behavior Support; Terrific Trojan Tutoring; Missouri Options; and Furthering Your Intelligence (FYI). The school also offers small group and individual counseling.
In new business, the board approved the direct service claiming agreement, which allows the district to receive reimbursement from Medicaid for services provided to students while they are attending school.
In other business, the Southwest R-V School Board:
* Approved the Family and Consumer Science, business and physical education curriculums.
* Held a three-hour and 16-minute executive session to discuss personnel.
* Approved an evaluation of the guidance and counseling programs.
* Approved the A+ policy.