Last updated: April 04. 2014 3:18PM - 431 Views
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ELIZABETHTOWN —Although Bladen County’s dropout rate improved during the most recent school year, it still remains within the state’s top 10 for dropouts.


The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently released its dropout statistics for the the 2012-13 school year, and Bladen County Schools had 65 students chose to drop out of school, or 4.22 percent. During the 2011-12 school year, Bladen County’s dropout rate was 5.45 percent — or 89 students.


In the region, Robeson County had a droop rate of 2.34 percent or 165 drop outs, Harnett County had a dropout rate of 3.85 percent or 242 dropouts, Sampson County had a rate of 3.25 percent or 85 dropouts, Harnett County had 3.85 percent or 242 dropouts, Cumberland County had a rate of 1.64 percent or 267 dropouts, and Scotland County had a rate of 4.22 percent or 83 dropouts.


The report also carries the short-term suspension and long-term rates for each school district as well as the violent crime rates. Bladen County had 1,989 short-term suspensions and 17 long-term suspensions for the 2012-13 school year, according to the report. There were no expulsions reported for the same year.


Columbus County reported 1,501 short-term suspensions and six long-term suspensions and no expulsions, while Cumberland reported 10,643 short-term suspensions, 15 long-term suspensions and no expulsions; Harnett County reported 3,117 short-term suspensions and five long-term suspensions and no expulsions; Robeson County reported 8,766 short-term suspensions, 40 long-term suspensions and no expulsions; Scotland County reported 1,916 short-term suspensions, seven long-term suspensions and no expulsions; Sampson County reported 1,314 short-term suspensions, three long-term suspensions and no expulsions.


The report also tracks certain acts of crime and violence that occur in the school system statewide — including such violent acts as rape and murder. They also cover acts such as possession of a weapon (not a firearm) and possession of controlled substances in violation of the law and possession of a fire arm or powerful explosive. The report shows that Bladen County had a rate of 19.09 reportable acts per 1,000 students. Cumberland County had a rate of 18.19 reportable acts per 1,000 students; Columbus County had a rate of 3.68 reportable acts per 1,000 students; Robeson County had a rate of 16.50 reportable acts per 1,000 students; Scotland County had a rate of 12.69 reportable acts per 1,000 students; Harnett County had a rate of 15.91 reportable acts per 1,000 students; and Sampson County had a rate of 6.08 reportable acts per 1,000 students, according to the report.


Messages left for Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton and Bladen County Schools Dropout Prevention Coordinator Jose Rodriguez were unreturned as of press time.

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