Assistant Superintendent Laurence Mautone delivered good news to the Board of Education when it met on Dec. 18. The graduation rate has increased and the drop-out rate has decreased. Of the cohort of students who began at the high school in 2008, 80 percent graduated within six years, while 15 percent dropped out in that time. As for the cohort who began in 2010, 80 percent graduated within four years and nine percent are still enrolled. The drop-out rate for that cohort is only eight percent.
Superintendent Seth Turner gave credit to Principal Tom Averill and Director of Special Education Sue Gage. Though the numbers are promising, Turner said he and his staff are still making an “active push” to get students to return to school and stay there. Turner said he, Mautone and Averill recently called several students who had left school, asking them to return.
“We don’t give up,” he said.