SSHS SEES DRAMATIC REDUCTION IN DROPOUTS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
For the second year in a row Smithfield-Selma High School has dramatically lowered its dropout, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.Up until the past two years Smithfield-Selma High had one of the highest dropout rates in the county, but once again the school has decreased its dropout rate by nearly two full percentage points.The most recent dropout report shows that Smithfield-Selma reduced last year’s number of dropouts by 36 percent, bringing the number of dropouts down to 63, and just two years ago the school had 141 students to dropout.The trend for reducing the high school dropout rate can be seen all throughout the county. In fact, Johnston County Schools lowered its high school dropout rate to 3.28 percent, which is lower than the state average of 3.43 percent. Smithfield Selma High played a substantial role in the county’s rate being as low as it was. In fact the school had the largest decrease in dropout rate in the entire county.