C-T: Marion High grad rate spikes

Publish Date: 02/06/2014
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion High School’s unprecedented turnaround continues to reach new heights.

MHS hit a recorded high with a 91.1 percent graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year.

That rate is a near-10 percent improvement over 2010-11, when the school improved from 68.2 percent to 81.9 percent and finally ended more than five years on academic probation.

“We’re very proud of our graduation rate for the class of 2012. … It’s even an improvement over what we anticipated (90.8 percent),” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ken Folks, who is filling in for Superintendent Steve Edwards during a medical leave. “I attribute it to so many things … dedication from the students, our staff, our administration, our community. It’s a village. It’s a team effort.

The school achieved a graduation rate of only 58.2 percent as recently as 2005-06, the first year it was calculated using the current system.