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School security on agenda for Board of Education

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln County Board of Education is expected to take action during its meeting Tuesday night on school-security measures for the district’s middle and high schools.

The group previously signed off on access control and video surveillance for local elementary schools, which have now been installed.

School administrators are recommending board members also approve the implementation of the swipe-key-pad systems and cameras for all middle and high schools.

The School Board awarded a contract in May for the installation of convenience doors for safety purposes at selected school sites.

The move was part of the board’s security initiative that has been underway for the last several months.

At a cost of $108,600, the doors were to be installed at Catawba Springs, G.E. Massey, Kiser Intermediate, Love Memorial, Pumpkin Center Intermediate, Pumpkin Center, Norris Childers, North Brook and St. James elementary schools.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Schools administrative office on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton, the group will hear reports on the “Read to Achieve” program and various ITS projects, in addition to an update on the budget. School Board members are also expected to take action on various policies regarding bidding and purchasing requirements.

Graduation rate

Lincoln County Schools released the district’s official graduation rates for 2012-2013 last week, with the local system continuing to remain above the state average.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction measures and reports a four-year and five-year cohort graduation rate. The rates assess the percentage of students who graduate either in four or between four and five years, respectively, after entering ninth grade, according to a press release.

The following data was reported for Lincoln County Schools:

  • The four-year graduation rate remained stable at 86.4 percent in 2011-2012 and 86.4 percent in 2012-2013.
  • The four-year cohort graduation rate (86.4 percent) was higher than the state rate of 82.5 percent.
  • The five-year cohort graduation rate increased from 83.4 percent in 2011-2012 to 87.9 percent in 2012-2013.
  • The five-year rate (87.9 percent) for 2012-2013 was also higher than the state rate of 83.1 percent.

 

Likewise, Lincoln County Schools has seen its graduation rate steadily rise since 2007, while maintaining the rate achieved from last year’s gains, the release noted.

“While we recognize that our current graduation rate has remained constant at 86.4 percent, we continue to be committed to every student becoming a high school graduate,” Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle said in a statement. “Improving the graduation rate is a focus of the district, as reflected in our strategic plan. Some of our strategies include counseling by graduation coaches, additional instructional support, credit-recovery opportunities and guidance and academic counseling through student advisor/advisee programs.”

 

 

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