Hernando to end its contract with private drop-out prevention program
BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District has terminated its two-year agreement with Catapult Academy — a private drop-out prevention program — citing the district’s improved capacity to serve at-risk students and Catapult’s low graduation and high drop-out rates.
Nearly 30 percent of the girls at the academy and more than 40 percent of the boys dropped out of the program last school year, according to the district, while only 1.2 percent of the students graduated.
Catapult, in a storefront on Kass Circle in Spring Hill, serves struggling students from the district’s high schools and students who had previously dropped out and wanted to return to receive a standard high school diploma.
Though the graduation rate has improved this year, according to statistics Catapult provided the district, more than half of its students have dropped out.
“Had we had good data around the contract, we could have continued it, but the data didn’t support that,” said Superintendent Lori Romano.