[r31] Rep. Mahan praises local high school (6/24/2011)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Start Date: 6/24/2011 All Day
End Date: 6/24/2011

STATEHOUSE - Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) congratulated Mississinewa High School from Gas City today for their effort to be one of 12 Hoosier schools selected for the Department of Education's Graduation Rate Performance Incentive Program.

Schools are selected for the program if they have a large non-waiver graduation rate increase. Mississinewa High School, for example, saw a graduation increase from 76.6 percent to 89.7 percent.

"Everyone at Mississinewa High School deserves an applause-teachers, students and administrators," said Rep. Mahan. "An increase in graduation rates of this magnitude should not go unnoticed, so I am pleased Mississinewa High School is being recognized and chosen for this program." 

The Graduation Rate Performance Incentive Program was established in 2009 by the Indiana Department of Education to encourage a renewed sense of urgency, reward schools that increase graduation rates and reinforce the promise of a complete and competitive education.

Every public high school in Indiana is eligible to compete for one of 10-$20,000 prizes for schools with a total enrollment of at least 300 students or one of two $10,000 prizes for schools with less than 300 students enrolled.

Mississinewa High School received a reward of $20,000.

"Mississinewa High School is a great example of how to put a strong emphasis on creating a positive learning environment, which fosters high graduation rates," Rep. Mahan said. "This is a great accomplishment for their students and for their community."