FAIRMONT; W.Va (WDTV) Here in the Mountain State, it is believed that one student dropout is too many. Last year 86 percent of students graduated from our schools. Thursday education leaders from all across North Central West Virginia gathered to learn new skills in hopes of raising the graduation rate to 90 percent.
The Diploma-Minded Principal event was a day long even hosted by the National Dropout Prevention Center and the Regional Education Services Agency. The event challenged 75 principals and vice principals to become “diploma minded” in order to enhance their work in helping students graduate from our schools. Organizers say graduation must be a focal point for educators and students well before high school.
“There needs to be a lot of thought put in to it from the time their four, five and six years old, until they walk across the stage their 12th grade year,” said Cathy Hypes, Executive Director for RESA 7. Read More.