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Northern Panhandle Schools Boast High Graduation Rates

Photo by Perry Bennett, W.Va. Legislature Marshall County educators are among those receiving plaques at the Capitol in Charleston Friday. Shown, from left, are Corey Murphy, Marshall County Schools assistant superintendent; John Marshall High School Principal Cassandra Porter; Delegate Mike Ferro, D-Marshall; and Cameron High School Principal Jack Cain.

CHARLESTON — State education officials say 70 West Virginia public high schools had graduation rates of 90 percent or higher during the 2015-16 school year, including four that reached 100 percent.

The four are Union Educational Complex in Grant County, Paden City High School in Wetzel County and both Harman and Pickens high schools in Randolph County.

The overall graduation rate for all the state’s 116 high schools rose to 89.81 percent in the last school year.

Officials say statewide initiatives have lifted that rate the past several years, especially an early warning system that tracks attendance, behavior, grades and other indicators of students at risk of dropping out.

Wheeling Park High School, meanwhile, posted a 97.83-percent graduation rate for the 2015-16 school year.

“I attribute that to the kids wanting to learn, and the administration supporting our teachers in the classroom,” said Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller. “I know they (school administrators) watch the students very carefully, and make sure they are taking classes that will help them in their career.”

The 70 schools were recognized Friday. That list and their rates were posted online at https://wvde.state.wv.us/.

Other local high schools honored Friday, and their graduation rates, are:

∫ Cameron, 97.22 percent;

∫ Tyler Consolidated, 97.09 percent;

∫ Brooke, 93.09 percent;

∫ Oak Glen, 92.17 percent;

∫ Hundred, 91.67 percent;

∫ John Marshall, 91.52 percent; and

∫ Weir, 90.48 percent.

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