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Weddington High School recognized statewide for graduation rate

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson recognizes Union County Public Schools and Weddington High School for its graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year. Pictured, from left, are UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, School Board Chairman Dean Arp, Weddington High School principal Brad Breedlove and NC Senator Eddie Goodall.

For the third year in a row, Weddington High School has been recognized for having the highest graduation rate of North Carolina public high schools of the cohort size 300 to 399.

The overall statewide graduation rate for the 2009‐2010 school year was 74.2 percent, while Weddington High School’s graduation rate was 97.7.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, School Board Chairman Dean Arp and UCPS Chief Communications Officer Luan Ingram joined Weddington High School principal Brad Breedlove for the annual Graduation Achievement Awards Recognition and Luncheon in Raleigh Wednesday, (Oct. 13, 2010).

“Graduation of every student who enters UCPS is our ultimate goal,” Davis said. “UCPS currently has a graduation rate of 84.2 percent. Our short-term goal is to reach 90 percent by 2012 and continue from there toward the 100 percent. Weddington High School is a leader in this quest and will be used as a model for our other high schools to realize improvement in the graduation rates.”

Breedlove said the accomplishment is the product of a group effort. “It truly is an honor to receive this award for the third year in a row,” he said. “As principal of Weddington High School, I am very proud of our students, parents, staff, and community. Each day I see firsthand the high level of commitment by the stakeholders in the success of our students and school. We are very fortunate to have received this honor.”

This is the third year that State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson has held the special awards ceremony to highlight the importance of high school graduation for all students and to congratulate districts and schools with high rates.

"More than report card grades, state test scores, or SAT results, the graduation rate reflects our ability to keep students engaged in school and learning so that they will earn a high school diploma," Atkinson said. "While I commend the 30 districts and schools we celebrate today for reaching rates of nearly 85 percent or higher, we must do more to ensure every student makes it to graduation day with the skills needed for success in the future."


Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 18, 2010 by Cheryl Edwards

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