After struggling for a long period of time, the graduation rate for the Community Schools of Frankfort has risen to 90.8 percent, Superintendent Don DeWeese announced Tuesday night.
“We’re very pleased with that,” said DeWeese. “Five, seven, 10 years ago, we were in low to mid 70s. Our high school students are working hard, they see the importance of a high school education and they are working to achieve that milestone.”
DeWeese said that graduation rate puts Frankfort third on the list for Clinton County schools. Clinton Prairie leads the way at 91.9 percent, Rossville is at 91.7 percent and Clinton Central is at 88.06 percent.
DeWeese added they are trying to figure out ways to help special education males, whose graduation rate is about 80 percent according to the state.
DeWeese also went over the corporation’s financial status.
“Financially, we are very healthy and we feel like our business department and our director of finance have done a good job of managing the taxpayers dollars,” said DeWeese. “We’re using those the way they were intended. Overall, we feel like we’re in a good place financially.”
DeWeese said the finance numbers were compiled by the Indiana State Board of Education, which took nine different indicators into consideration when making this determination. Those indicators include average daily membership, fund balances, annual deficits and surpluses, tuition support, revenue by the different departments, referendums, general fund salaries and benefits and what percent they are of the general fund expenditures.
The board also approved having the Frankfort High School 2020 Prom off-campus at the Stables Event Center in Lafayette from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.