"I think the thing that really put Hernando on the list is there is not a program anything like this in the county," [Mark Thimmig] said, describing school dropouts as a "huge crisis" for the state.
"When will we be able to see some of that application?" asked board member Jim Malcolm. "I'm just wondering when we get involved in this."
"They don't have any place for that child to go because he's not ready to go to high school, and he's still floundering around in middle school," she said. "He's lost. It's our lost generation out there."