‘We’re going to change the culture here’

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 01:44 PM.

“The graduation rate is alarming to me,” said Bidwell. “Luckily that’s only 20 percent of our grade.”

In terms of the measurement for college readiness in reading, the school collected a respectable 71 out of 100 points. But in terms of math readiness, the number was a dismal 27 out of 100.

 

‘You have to weigh the social factors as well’

School board member George Thompson asked Bidwell why it was students were not earning high school diplomas, and Bidwell said it was a variety of factors, including economic factors, inability to pass the required FCAT exam and even the program offerings of the school.

“We need to do a better job on checking on the interest of students,” he said, noting that having a Jr. ROTC program, or courses in small engine repair, might enable the school to hold on to more students through to graduation.

“Somebody ought to be able to have a list of names (of these students) and go down the list. Has anyone thought about doing that?” suggested School Board Chair Jimmy Gander. “It seems if you have the names, you could sit them down with five or six staff members, and identify what happened to that 36 percent” who didn’t graduate.



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