By DAVE McMILLION
The Washington County Board of Education, which last year posted its highest dropout rate in a decade, will employ new tactics in an effort to keep students in the classroom.
The school board this week was awarded a $250,000 grant to be used to hire and train four teachers who will work with elementary students who are at risk for dropping out.
The teachers will be trained in "learning style theory," which is the ability to detect different learning traits in children.
The teachers then will craft lessons based on students' characteristics.
The approach is based on the premise that not all students benefit from traditional teaching methods, said Frank Finan, director of curriculum and staff development for Washington County schools.