CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Richard A. "Doc" Keeler confidently rattles off a list of plans he has for Jefferson High School, from giving it a "good strong dose of organization" to proactive education programs geared at keeping kids in school.
"We've got to do something to reduce the dropout rate at Jefferson High School," said Keeler, who was named principal of the county's high school on Monday night.
In recent years, more than 100 students have dropped out of the county school system, many as they were going from junior high school to the 10th grade.
To combat the problem, Keeler supports the use of the SUCCESS initiative, through which students at risk of dropping out will be paired with four special teachers, an administrator and a counselor. The role of the teachers will be to work closely with the students and help them focus on school, Keeler said.