Growing school district has Butler County’s highest graduation rate

Published: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School. 
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Students change classes in the junior high section of Monroe Junior/Senior High School. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

For the first time in six years, the Ohio Department of Education has returned to using the traditional A-F grades as part of the state’s annual measurement of its 613 public school systems.

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Locally, half of the 10 Butler County school districts received Bs, including Monroe Local Schools, which also had the county’s highest graduation rate.

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Monroe’s graduation rate was 97.2 percent, followed by Ross Schools at 96.6; Madison Schools at 94.5; and Lakota Schools at 94.4 percent.

Kathy Demers, superintendent of Monroe Schools, said while the district has more work to do, the schools are encouraged by its best-in-the-county graduation rate.

“We are excited to see this indicator rise as it means many of our students are successfully finishing high school with a diploma thus giving them the skills to pursue higher education or a technical field or career immediately following high school,” said Demers.

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Hamilton City Schools registered the lowest, four-year graduation rate in Butler County at 77.2 percent — earning an F in that category.

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