Norfolk Public Schools Administrator Encouraged by Graduation Data

NORFOLK - On the surface, graduation rates at Norfolk Senior High are not among the state’s best, but school administrators have reason for optimism.  According to a State of the Schools report, the district has shown marked improvement in a number of areas, including the four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2013 of 85%, six points higher than in 2012.  Director of Teaching and Learning Beth Nelson says often, mitigating circumstances make it difficult for students to finish their high school degrees in four years, but a number of Norfolk students are able to earn their diplomas in five or six years.  She says the district is working with Norfolk business leaders, Northeast Community College, parents and other stakeholders through an in-depth strategic planning process.  Improving the district’s graduation rate was one of the five priorities identified at last week’s meeting of the Board of Education.