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LP School District achieves 100 percent graduation rate four years in a row
Feb. 29, 2016

Ivan Raconteur
Editor

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie School District is one of 18 school districts throughout the entire state to post a 100 percent graduation rate through the previous four years, according to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

In addition, according to the list of 2015 Minnesota graduation rates released by the MDE, Lester Prairie School District is one of just nine schools with an enrollment of more than 30 students to make the prestigious list, according to a release from Lester Prairie Schools.

Statewide, the average graduation rate for 2015 was 81.9 percent. The statewide average has been steadily increasing since 2011, when the rate was 72.2 percent.

“Graduating from high school is an important step in a student’s life, opening doors to higher education, a wider array of jobs, and better wages throughout their lifetime,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a recent press release. “Every percentage point, every increase, whether it’s one decimal point or double digits, represents another student who is graduating high school prepared for their next step in life.

“Reaching our goal of a statewide graduation rate of 90 percent does not happen in one year,” she added.

Lester Prairie Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt stated, “Lester Prairie staff, community, school board, and students should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. It is a tribute to the dedication, relationships, and hard work put in by each and every one of them.

“This is a success that should be shared by every single staff member and student who has been in our building through the last four years,” he added.

“The high level of accountability plays a large part in this achievement, but so does the safety of the building, the relationship among students and staff members, and the time and effort our school puts into preparing our students to succeed and continue to learn in a changing world,” Schmidt noted.

“Lester Prairie School District has added programs in recent years to help students achieve success and graduate on time. The addition of PBIS, Olweus, and the LP REACH program have been instrumental in providing an environment for students to learn safely and focus on academics while in the school building,” Schmidt added.

“This is truly a testament to everything that is going on within our school system, including the support of the parents, staff, and community,” Lester Prairie Principal Nat Boyer said. “Furthermore, to see this type of success continue to take place validates our one-school-building approach to education.

“We look forward to continuing success in the belief of what we have done and continue to do at Lester Prairie.”

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