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STATE PRAISES LEXINGTON CITY SCHOOLS FOR RAISING GRADUATION RATE

Lexington City Schools was recognized by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for achieving the highest percentage increase of students graduating within four years, from the duration of 2006-2013.The system's superintendent Rick Kriesky presented a letter from state superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson Tuesday that praised the district for raising its graduation rate from 43.7 percent in 2006 to 84.7 percent this year. "This remarkable increase validates your decisions regarding allocation of resources to support students," the letter read. "The district helped North Carolina achieve a record high four-year cohort graduation rate of 82.5 percent as students and teachers transitioned to new state standards and assessments."Kriesky gave the letter in a frame to outgoing school board members Miles Cleckley, Cindy Norman and Betty Pope as a way to pay tribute to them for their service. He said it's been a great experience working with them.

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