Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Grissom: ‘Help us’
To community members who find the Rowan-Salisbury schools’ 5.47 percent dropout rate upsetting, Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom says “help us.”
“This is not just a school problem,” Grissom says. “Education needs to be a priority in our community. We need parent support in getting students to school and encouraging them to do their work.
“We need mentors, adults who provide that extra support. We need to continue, as a community, to address the gang issue. The attraction to gangs causes students to lose interest in school and to become behavior problems and become suspended from school and to drop out.
“We all need to work together instead of blaming each other,” Grissom said.