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St. Lawrence Central focusing on graduation rates

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BRASHER FALLS — It’s still early in the school year, but St. Lawrence Central School officials say they’re already tracking student progress to determine who will need help in meeting graduation requirements.

High school Principal Tracy A. Davison told Board of Education members last week that of the 94 seniors scheduled to graduate in June, 69 are on target. She said 15 are at risk of not graduating. The remainder are in GED or individualized education programs.

Ms. Davison said officials are being proactive not just for seniors who are at risk of not graduating, but also the 71 juniors, 67 sophomores and 91 freshmen, whom district officials are also watching to ensure they stay on track.The goal, she said, is to work with them to meet graduation requirements.

Among the initiatives, she said, is having guidance counselors work with the students and their parents to develop an academic improvement plan.

“We’re trying to build a relationship with parents to try and give them advice and resources,” she said.

The district also offers a credit recovery program for students who lack the necessary credits to graduate, Ms. Davison said, and teachers are available from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to assist students with after-school work.

Ms. Davison said at the freshmen level. the district is trying to keep students interested in school by offering them opportunities to take part in career and technical programming at the St. Lewis-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services. School officials had focused on sophomores, but she said they wanted to bring it down a grade to develop the interest earlier.

Among the program’s offerings are health, automotive technology, cosmetology, culinary arts and early childhood education.

Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. said that when he took over as superintendent in July, he met with Ms. Davison and asked her to work with the counselors to identify students in need of assistance early in the process and provide those students with individual education plans that would address their needs.

St. Lawrence Central was among a handful of local schools that had been identified by the state Education Department this year as a local assistance plan school.

Schools are identified as such either for failing to make adequate yearly progress for a subgroup for multiple years, having increasing gaps in performance between the subgroup and students not in the subgroup or having a subgroup performance at or below a cut point.

St. Lawrence Central School was identified as having substandard graduation rates from 2010 to 2012.

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