BUCKHANNON – Early in 2019, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine told the West Virginia State Board of Education that West Virginia high school graduation rates for 2018 were the highest they had been in years.
And in a continuation of that trend locally, at the last Upshur County BOE meeting May 28, Director of Student Services Jodie Akers told Upshur BOE members that the county’s graduation rate for 2019 was also the best it had been in years – 99 percent.
“We have some very exciting news,” Akers said. “Upshur County Schools in 2006 had about 76 students who dropped out of school. We spiked at 87 dropouts in 2008-2009. We hit the lowest rate we have ever had since I have been here – we only had 12 dropouts this year. Last year, we had 18.”