SULLIVAN — From 1999 to 2007, Hancock County ranked among the worst five counties in the state in terms of the number of high school dropouts. Hancock County had the highest rate of non-completion four of those eight years.
Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan had the highest dropout rate seven of those eight years. Deer Isle-Stonington High School had the county’s highest non-completion rate in 2001.
State officials say numbers such as these are worrisome since studies show high school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, unhealthy, poor, divorced and the single parents of children who are more likely than other students to be high school dropouts as well.
Educators from all parts of the state gathered at the University of Maine at Orono Monday and Tuesday to talk about a statistic that isn’t going away —20 percent of students who enroll as freshmen in a public high school in Maine drop out before graduation.
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