May 24, 2012
Hannah Williams and Whitney Holman were once at-risk of dropping out of high school. Now, they are heading to college and beginning a lifetime of believing they can achieve what they are willing to work for.
Through their determination — and the foresight of Limestone County school officials who brought the Ombudsman Educational Services program here three years ago — Williams, Holman and 37 other at-risk classmates earned their high school diplomas here Tuesday night.
The Athens News-Courier
Athens State University
Ombudsman Educational Services
Limestone County Schools
December 25, 2010
Six months after opening a new alternative school program for students with discipline problems, the Clarke County School District is beginning to see some promising results.
So far this year, the schools enrolled 159 students and only 11 have dropped out. Student attendance is also up - at SOAR, one student had missed 87 days of school, but at Ombudsman she has missed less than 10, according to Ombudsman directors.
The Athens Banner-Herald
Cedar Shoals High School
Clarke County School System
November 07, 2010
Superintendent Barry Carroll said the assistant principals heard a presentation about the Ombudsman last week that highlighted one of Limestone's students, Marylin Serrano. Serrano's story was featured in a bulletin published by America's Promise Alliance, a children's advocacy group founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as chairman. In the story, Serrano tells of her struggles as a teen mom.
August 21, 2010
Students who couldn't behave in a regular classroom or dropped out are returning to the classroom and doing well at a new privately run school, according to a Clarke County School District graduation adviser. "It seems to be working pretty well - pretty dog-gone good," said Rick Dunn, the school district's graduation coach coordinator. "Students seem to be adapting to the environment and there doesn't seem to be a lot of behavior issues from what I can tell."