Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say they are continuing a schedule of home visits with high school dropouts and say they are taking joy from small victories in the effort.
During a news conference Wednesday, Superintendent Heath Morrison said CMS officials have made 103 home visits since the program started in August. He said 18 students had decided to re-enroll and learned Wednesday morning that a 19th student had followed suit.
“We expect many more to re-enroll,” he added.
Morrison said the school system began the process by looking through records for 2011-12 students who had not returned this year. After eliminating those who had moved or changed schools, he said CMS identified about 700 who were missing. They came from 20 different high schools, he said.
Morrison is among those who have visited homes, and he said the number of “successes” is just part of the story.
“We’ve learned we have been able to re-direct 419 students to other educational programs,” he said, adding that many of those are enrolled in the GED program offered by CPCC. “Part of the joy is even if we can’t get them returning to CMS, we know they’re still making academic progress with CPCC or some other program.”