After a rise in the number of expulsions at Mesa County School District 51 schools over the last few years, the school board decided to try something new, and it worked, according to a year end report released at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
The expulsion rate has dropped significantly for Mesa County middle schools, from 56 expulsions during the 2003-2004 school year, to 46 this year.
At the high school level, 54 students were expelled this year, compared to 53 a year ago. The reason for the overall combined drop can be attributed to the implementation of a new program called Positive Behavior Support.
The top two most common reasons for expulsion are, use or possession of a drug or controlled substance, and repeated interferences that hamper educational opportunities for others.
The number of expulsions for possessing a dangerous weapon are on the rise from 16 last year to 23 this year…
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