Graduations begin for JCPS as school year comes to close for summer

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by WHAS11

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 5:43 PM

(WHAS 11)--It’s the last day of school for JCPS and the first of several graduations for many high schoolers.

Central, Seneca, Western, Ballard, and Doss will all graduate their seniors Wednesday, June 5, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

More graduations will be held Thursday and Friday.

School's out for the summer, but it is about one week later than in previous years for Jefferson County Public Schools students. That extra week is part of a new district calendar that includes a mid-winter break in February.

It’s a policy that has had a lot of parents talking this school year.

The district's percentage of freshman who graduates in four years went up to 69.4 percent in 2012. Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens is hoping to push it over 70 percent with this year's graduating class.

She says the district has been working hard to get more students to graduate in four years but says there is always room for improvement.

The JCPS dropout rate has dropped more than two-percent over the past five years. A number the district would like to see continue to decrease.



WHAS11’s Joe Arnold has more, click on the video player above.

 

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