CHARLESTON, W.Va – Seventy West Virginia high schools were recognized at the State Capitol Friday, February 10 for being a high school with a 90 percent or greater graduation rate in the 2015-16 school year.
Sherman High School was one of the schools recognized for this high graduation rate.
Sherman High School Principal Todd Barnette said, “We are proud of what our kids have accomplished.”
Delegate Rodney Miller said, “I got the privilege of making a presentation to Mr. Barnette recognizing their accomplishment for being a 90 percent graduation rate school.”
According to a press release from the West Virginia Department of Education, “Schools were honored by Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Nick Casey, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano and the West Virginia Board of Education.”
“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school,” Martirano said.“The high schools here today deserve the praise they are receiving for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduation rate. Our schools see the potential that a high school graduate holds for our state and they, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, and earn a diploma.”
According to Barnette this is the second time Sherman High School has been recognized for their high graduation rate in the past few years.
Barnette said, “Dropping out of school robs the individual of choices for their life.”
“Parents send the most precious things in their life to us,” said Barnette. “It is a privilege to help someone accomplish their dreams.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder