Thursday, September 20, 2012

District Earns Graduation Achievement Awards

State Superintendent June Atkinson was joined by State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison in recognizing districts with the highest four-year cohort graduation rates in North Carolina in 2011-12.  This was the fifth year that Atkinson has held the special awards ceremony to highlight the importance of the high school graduation rate for all students and to congratulate districts and schools with high rates.  The event was held September 19 in Durham.

CHCC was recognized for two awards.  Representing the district were Thomas Forcella, superintendent, Todd LoFrese, assistant superintendent for support services, and Eileen Tully, principal of East Chapel Hill High School.

CHCCS was recognized for being among the top 10 school districts in the state with the highest graduation rate.  CHCCS had 90.0 percent of its 847 students in the 2011-12 cohort graduate, ranking it at number five.  Less than five percentage points separated all of the top 10 schools.

"Our achievement as a school district with a 90 percent graduation rate is a credit to the dedication of our teachers and administrators who work in our classrooms every day," said Forcella.  "As we move forward, our ultimate goal is to achieve an even higher rate of graduation."

East Chapel Hill HS was also recognized for having the second highest graduation rate, 94.6 percent, in schools having 200-299 in its cohort size in 2011-12.

"Making sure that students graduate is a job that begins on the very first day of a student's freshman year," said Tully.  "I am so proud of our students for their hard work and commitment to themselves and their education.  I am also extremely proud of the teachers and staff at East Chapel Hill High, who consistently refuse to let any student slip through the cracks," she added.

Also recognized were 28 high schools whose graduation rate is 100 percent.

Eileen Tully, Tom Forcella and Todd LoFrese wait for awards ceremony to begin

State Superintendent June Atkinson delivers welcoming remarks

State Board of Education Chair Bill Harrison addresses attendees

Tom Forcella, Eileen Tully, June Atkinson and Todd LoFrese pose with the ECHHS award

Tom Forcella, June Atkinson, Eileen Tully and Todd LoFrese pose with the CHCCS award

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