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Cayuga County-area high school graduation rates a mixed bag

The most recent graduation rates from Cayuga County-area high schools are mixed, according to data recently released by the state education department.

Of nine Cayuga County-area school districts, four had their numbers decline from June 2017 to June 2018, while four rose. One high school — Cato-Meridian — was flat from year to year, at 93 percent.

Auburn High School had the biggest dip of the nine high schools, from an 80 percent rate in June 2017 to 75 percent in June 2018. A total of 220 students out of 294 graduated in June 2018, while 260 out of 327 students graduated in June 2017.

Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said the district’s August 2018 rate was higher than June’s, at 81 percent, down from 84 percent in August 2017. He said the rates are affected by the number of dropouts every year. He said he goes with one of four social workers every Friday to visit students and parents of students who aren’t attending school. While Pirozzolo and the counselors emphasize the importance of getting a diploma to all students, if the child is in high school, possibilities such as a BOCES program or a GED program may be suggested, Pirozzolo said.

The high school’s June 2017 dropout rate was 13 percent, with 37 students, more than the 10 percent rate in June 2017 of 32 students.

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