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A local high school is creating a program to ensure incoming freshman do not fall behind academically.

Lincoln Community High School will jump start a Freshman Academy this coming fall. The program will assist struggling eight graders with their reading and math skills. Double-credit can be received due to a block schedule of three class periods according to Superintendent Robert Bagby.

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LCHS is hoping the Freshman Academy will lower the dropout rate for the district. Bagby notes the rate has lowered from five percent to one percent over the last six years and will hopefully continue to decrease.

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Students will need to be recommended by teachers, administrators or parents to be enrolled into the program. LCHS is hoping the first year will be successful and open doors for larger enrollment.

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