Rep. Soliday congratulates local school's success

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates Kankakee Valley High School for having one of the most outstanding graduation rate increases in Indiana.

"I am pleased to see Kankakee Valley High School recognized for their hard work," said Rep. Soliday. "Their administration, staff and students are setting an excellent example for other schools in the state. "

Kankakee Valley High School was selected to participate in the Graduation Rate Performance Incentive Program after displaying one of 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.

Kankakee Valley High School was one of 12 schools recognized by Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

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.

Kankakee Valley High School received $20,000.

"Our children's education is always a top priority and our community should celebrate their success," said Rep. Soliday.