Manor ISD goes door-to-door to talk dropouts into coming back to school

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MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Administrators, board members and community volunteers will be knocking on doors Saturday morning to try to convince students who dropped out of school to come back and finish their education.

Manor ISD’s second-annual “dropout prevention” event will attempt to re-enroll 30 to 40 teenagers who haven’t yet graduated. Last year, the district brought 20 to 25 students back into schools, superintendent Dr. Royce Avery said.

“We have individual guidance counseling, specific to those individuals and their needs,” Avery said. “We have community resources that we can connect with them as well, if it’s childcare, those types of things, jobs.”

Groups of adults will go door-to-door starting at 9 a.m. to talk to teenagers who didn’t feel supported enough to graduate.

The initiative comes as the district celebrates its “B” rating in the Texas Education Agency’s new accountability system, a big bump from last year’s “D” rating.

Avery said the grade is a result of making sure teachers and students have the resources they need and the academic programs that encourage success.

“Sometimes you put in the work, you practice, you make sure that everybody’s on the same page, and then when the final results come in, they’re better than expected,” Avery said.

They’re so good, in fact, that Avery, who’s finishing out this final school year on his contract after resigning this summer, might end up staying on at the district.

“It’s about what the community wants and if the community is reaching out to say, ‘Hey, we want you back,’ the opportunity will present itself and we’ll have to consider that as well,” he said.

The Manor ISD board of trustees meets for the first time this school year on Monday. Members will, among other things, recognize some students who graduated after dropping out and returning to the district.

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