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Published January 27, 2012, 05:29 PM

Obama's Order May Increase School Enrollment in GF

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - In the President's 'State of the Union Address' on Tuesday, Obama urged all states to require students to stay in school until they are 18 years old.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - In the President's 'State of the Union Address' on Tuesday, Obama urged all states to require students to stay in school until they are 18 years old.

Grand Forks county schools have multiple programs in place to keep students from dropping out.

And Obama's recent recommendation may be the driving force to keep students in the classroom.

"When we have a freshman class come in here with 280 kids, four years later we want 280 kids to graduate and we'll do everything in our power to ensure those kids are successful," said Red River Principal, Kris Arason.

After school, modified block, and intervention programs are just a few on Grand Forks school agendas.

"When we work with kids that are maybe at risk, there are multiple interventions that we go through throughout their highschool career to make sure they stay in school," said Arason.

With teachers and principals on their side, many students stay on track. But there are some who need that extra push--and luckily Grand Forks has an outlet.

"With community high school as an option for some of these young people who kind of fall behind credit wise, that's just a wonderful option for them," said Central High School Principal, Buck Kasowski.

Community high school is structured different than Central and Red River. Instead of 8 classes a day, community students take two 3-hour classes.

"Bottom line it promotes success, especially students that might not have had ah as much success prior to coming to our school," said Community Principal Terry Bohan.

The light course load is a relief but also a saving grace.

"I would suspect a good number of them would say they probably wouldn't have graduated high school without our school," said Bohan.

Community Principal Terry Bohan says 'drop out rates could be higher' if this high school didn't exist. Students thank him often for the extra work his teachers and staff do.

"It happens frequently, frequently, and that is because of the bond that our teaching staff creates," said Bohan.

Principal Bohan also says that if Obama's mandate became a law, he thinks it would drastically impact enrollment at Community High School.

Any student can decide to go to Community. Even kids who have straight A's attend just to focus on a few classes at a time.

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