Each Aiken County high school is the recipient of $6,000 aimed at improving attendance and preventing dropouts.
The state Education Department awarded $1.4 million total to 42 schools statewide, according to Tammie Newman, the Aiken County schools communications director. The grant totals ranged from $6,000 to $125,000.
The grants accompany the district's efforts to better track students who drop out or leave the school. This school year the district appointed a full-time employee at each high school to stay in contact with incoming freshmen as a way to combat dropout rates.