Pasco sees dropout numbers decline
The numbers are marked "draft preliminary," but they looked so good to Pasco leaders that the district couldn't help but crow about them.
According to the DOE, Pasco had 566 students drop out in 2007-08, compared to 835 in 2006-07. That's a 32.2 percent decrease. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino credited the district's graduation enhancement program for the success.
"We are moving in the right direction and will continue to build upon this success by providing students with the support and intervention services they need to be prepared for their future," Fiorentino, who is seeking re-election, said in a press release.
Also of note, but not highlighted in the press release, the same report showed a 9.38 percent increase in the number of Pasco students not promoted to the next grade -- 3,126, up from 2,858. It also showed a 9.35 percent rise in the number of students receiving standard diplomas.