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Morgan County begins evening classes to help some students catch up

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2432

Do you have a child who attends a Morgan County school and has fallen behind due to failure or a personal issue?

The school system will offer some of those students a chance to catch up with after-school classes this fall at Brewer and Danville high schools as part of its Credit Recovery Program.

This is one way school officials hope to prevent students from dropping out of school and to raise the graduation rates in the high schools.

Graduation rates were a problem for Morgan County on the accountability results that the state released last week.

Director of Secondary Education Vicki Smith said students will use the stateís distance-learning program, Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide, also known as ACCESS.

State-hired teachers will teach the classes via the Internet.

Smith said that, starting Sept. 4, classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 until 7 p.m. through Dec. 4.

A trained ACCESS facilitator will run the classes at the two schools, chosen because they are on opposite ends of the county.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis with seniors getting priority.

The cost is $150 per class, which Smith said is the same as summer school.

The new program will help about 40 students who did not get to take summer school this summer at Hartselle.

Smith said this semesterís classes would only be available for credit recovery.

Students canít take the classes to get ahead.

Registration for the program will be Aug. 20-24 at the Morgan County central office.

Call 309-2110 or talk to your schoolís principal for additional information.

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