Efforts to increase graduation rates in Havre are going to receive some support from the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
According to a press release from Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau’s office this week, Havre is one of 22 schools that will split $150,000, to fund Graduation Matters initiatives “across the state. ”
"The Havre School District is one of 12 new communities to launch a Graduation Matters initiative this year, ” Juneau said in the release. “They are looking at their data, assessing current programs and working to find solutions that ensure Havre students graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce."
Havre’s Superintendent Andy Carlson said that Havre has had people working on graduation issues, and he is glad to see them receive some outside support, in the $4,000 coming from this grant.
“We’ve got a dropout prevention group that is meeting monthly, ” Carlson said. “Now they have some funding to make some of their plans happen. ”
Havre’s existing group is mostly made up of school administrators and teachers, but Carlson said they would love for anyone to join.
The next meeting will be on March 28 at 3:45 p. m. in the Robins Administration building conference room.
According to the release, the school district’s goal is “to have less than 10 students drop out in 2013. In 2011, 30 students dropped out. ”
“The primary way we are going to look at using it is developing the community development aspect, ” Carlson said. “There are some great aspects already happening in there. We want to raise awareness. ”
“According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, the lost lifetime earnings in Montana from dropouts this year alone total nearly $830 million, ” the release said. “The economy of Montana would see a combination of crime-related savings and additional revenue of about $19.6 million each year if the male high school graduation rate would increase by just 5 percent. ”