The Ketchikan School District’s 4-year graduation rate dropped in the 2013-2014 school year. It fell from 77 percent to 73 percent. That’s still slightly higher than the statewide rate of 71 percent.
That number measures students who started their freshman year at Ketchikan High School, Revilla Alternative School or Fast Track during the 2010-2011 school year. Students from that class who transferred out of Ketchikan schools before graduation or who enrolled after 9th grade are not counted in that number.
The drop-out rate for 7th through 12th graders rose from 3.4 to 3.9 percent.
This information is part of the Ketchikan School District’s Report to the Public for the 2013-14 school year. The School Board will take a look at the report card at their meeting Wednesday night.
The board has only one item to vote on at the meeting.
Members will decide whether to approve an approximately $56,000 network equipment purchase from Presidio to improve wireless capacity in Ketchikan schools. The equipment will primarily benefit Houghtaling, Point Higgins, Kayhi and Revilla.
On the consent calendar, which doesn’t require a vote, the School Board will decide on a teaching contract for Debra Carlson as the Response to Intervention Specialist at Point Higgins Elementary. Darby Mainardi was the RTI Specialist at the beginning of the school year, but she was moved to a new first-grade classroom because of last-minute increases in enrollment.
The School Board meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.