Middlesboro High School has plans to help increase graduation rates for the next four years by having students pledge to work toward their cap and gown.
Ninth- through 12th-graders will sign a banner in upcoming weeks to show their commitment to graduation. The banner will be displayed for everyone to see.
The banner will serve as a reminder for students when classes get tough as they head toward final semester tests. The high school hopes for a 20 percent increase in their graduation rate. That increase would land them at a 90.4 percent target rate.
Of the 32 students at the alternative school, 16 are scheduled to graduate.
Steve Spangler of Middlesboro Central, said he works with students there not to dwell on why they got where they are but instead to concentrate on moving ahead and setting goals for the future.
Also discussed at the board of education meeting on Tuesday was the approval for an elementary school dental program provided through the Elgin Foundation.
The program brings dental care to elementary school students that are unable to see a dentist in the area.
“We’ve really seen a decline in the need for this program since we started using it,” said Superintendent Steve Martin.
The firm of Marr, Miller and Myers performed a financial audit for the school district. It was reported the findings were satisfactory.
A representative for the firm said the district’s spending was in line with where it should be and there were no suggestions for change.
“Every school district with decreases in funding and increasing expenses has to really watch where the money goes and they’ve done an excellent job of doing that, budgeting money and using it where it’s needed,” said Nancy Logan of Marr, Miller and Myers.
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