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Pinellas schools working to increase graduation rates

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It's the first day of school in Pinellas County, and more than one hundred thousand boys and girls will make their way back to class.

As school is about to begin, one big goal for this county is to increase its graduation rate. Currently the graduation rate is at 72 percent which is lower than the state average at 76 percent.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego is confident that number will rise this year, and they're trying some new initiatives to help.

On Monday the school district is opening a new school - Pinellas Gulf Coast Academy. The school will provide individualized teaching to students who are at risk of dropping out.

The school, operated by the district, will be located at the site of Gulf Coast Academy Charter School, 1199 East Bay Drive in Largo. The new school will offer extended hours, giving students the flexibility to engage in their coursework during blocks between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Students will work at their own pace to master benchmarks, and teachers will provide whole and small group instruction as needed. Students who attend the school will also be able to participate in digital music and art electives.

Schools countywide are also providing a plethora of programs designed to get students engaged in learning.

The superintendent stresses that high school graduates earn higher wages than dropouts.

Dr. Grego said, “We are not allowing students to drop out of school and we are doing everything humanly possible to say we're going to work around whatever those pressures in life might be so you may be successful in obtaining a high school diploma.”

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