[r45] Rep. Borders commends local school on success (6/22/2011)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Start Date: 6/22/2011 All Day
End Date: 6/22/2011
STATEHOUSE- Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) was pleased to see that Shakamak Junior-Senior High School increased their graduation rate by an impressive amount.

"It's great to see a local school thriving and having such wonderful success, especially my own alma mater," said Rep. Borders. "The impressive graduation rate increase highlights the hard work and dedication of all the students and teachers."

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, will be honoring Shakamak Junior-Senior High along with 11 other schools at a ceremony taking place at the Statehouse.

The honorees were selected for the Graduation Rate Performance Incentive Program after displaying the largest non-waiver graduation rate increases in the state.

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 ten $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.

Shakamak received $20,000.

"Education is very important to our community and state as a whole," said Rep. Borders. "Through the continued dedication of our teachers, parents and students, Shakamak was able to achieve recognition from the state. Well done! I'm so proud of their accomplishment."