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NEW HANOVER SCHOOL DISTRICT TACKLES DROPOUT ISSUE

Todd Finn was missing something. He had good grades. He had a part-time job. He had a spot on the basketball team. But, as a high school senior three months from graduation, Finn didn't have a home.He wasn't exactly homeless. He had a place to stay. But a room in the Primrose Motel ? "one of the seediest places," Finn recalled ? is different than a home. Finn's teenage "bullheadedness," as he calls it, peaked when he was 18 years old. An ongoing conflict with his parents forced him out on his own earlier than expected."It was my dad's idea," Finn said. "He said, 'Fine. You think you know it all? You're 18 years old, tomorrow you're out.'"

 
 
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