ADVISORY: Juneau and McLean Join Graduation Matters Wolf Point for Kick-Off


Friday, March 21, 2014
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

MEDIA ADVISORY for
Monday, March 24, 2014

Myrle Zilkoski, 406-653-2361, Wolf Point Public Schools
Allyson Hagen, OPI, ahagen2@mt.gov, 406-444-3160

Juneau and McLean Join Graduation Matters Wolf Point for Kick-off Celebration

Wolf Point, MT – On Monday, March 24, Superintendent Denise Juneau and Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean will join school leaders, community leaders, Tribal leaders and students in grades K-12 for the kickoff of Graduation Matters Wolf Point.

Since the launch of Graduation Matters Montana, the statewide dropout rate has been on the decline, and the graduation rate has gone up. Montana’s high school dropout rate has decreased from 5.0 percent in 2009 to 3.6 percent in 2013, and the graduation rate has increased from 80.7 percent in 2009 to 84.4 percent in 2013. This means that 772 fewer students dropped out in 2013 than in 2009. The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates Montana will see a $4.3 million annual boost to the state’s economy going forward. Collectively, the additional graduates will likely earn an additional $68.2 million over the course of their lifetimes, compared to if they had not graduated from high school.

There are currently 43 Graduation Matters communities, and 74 percent of public high school students now attend a school with a Graduation Matters initiative. Graduation Matters communities have focused on identifying students most at risk of dropping out, developing dropout prevention strategies and interventions, building community support, increasing college-going rates, and offering students college and career exploration opportunities.

WHO:  Superintendent Juneau, Lieutenant Governor McLean, Mayor Dschaak, Fort Peck Community College President Gourneau, School Board President Martin Dewitt, Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Rusty Stafne, Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Presser, and students in grades K-12 

WHAT:  Community celebration and launch of Graduation Matters Wolf Point

WHEN:  Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

WHERE: Wolf Point High School gymnasium, 213 6th Ave S, Wolf Point

For additional information about Graduation Matters Montana, go to: http://graduationmatters.mt.gov.

Bio for Lt. Gov. McLean: http://governor.mt.gov/ltgovernor/default.aspx

Bio for Supt. Juneau: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Media_Center/index.html?gpm=1_6

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