New report shows less students are dropping out across Cape Fear schools

first_img The drop rate for NHCS is 1.32% for the 2017-2018 academic year, which is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of 1.48%.Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Whiteville City, and Pender school systems also saw more students staying in school.In Bladen County, they saw a drop from 2.92%, down to 2.02%. In Brunswick County, the rates decreased from 2.48% to 2.24%.Related Article: Meet the man behind a third of what’s on WikipediaColumbus County saw only 1.63% drop out rate during the 2017-2018 school year. Whiteville City School drop-out rate decreased from 2.39% to 1.76%.Pender County Schools’ rate decreased from 1.85% to 1.48%.“This year continues our five-year trend of reducing the drop-out rate. When combined with the increasing graduation rate for all students, this is proof that the hard work of our principals and staffs is making a positive difference. We still have improvements to make, but I am encouraged that we are moving in the right direction,” Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent, stated.Dr. Sherry Pinto, NHCS’ Drop Out Prevention Supervisor, leads the district’s Drop Out Prevention Committee. When asked about the continued improvements in the area of drop-out prevention, she said,  “We as a district and as dropout prevention teams, collaborating especially at the secondary level, have worked especially hard in the area of early warning and intervention processes. With the help of our monthly meetings and our district-wide transition documents, we are able to better identify students as being “at-risk” earlier than ever, and then provide needed guidance, strategies, and services to keep them on track to graduate on time with their cohort.”Read more from the report here. David Eason teaches a class at Laney High School in January 2016. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has announced the dropout rates for public school districts across the state.New Hanover County Schools’ drop-out rate for the past school year continues to improve as it has for the past four consecutive years.- Advertisement – last_img read more