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February 20, 2014

Disrespect, truancy reports down at MVTHS

MT. VERNON — Disrespect and truancy reports are on the decline this year at Mt. Vernon Township High School, according to a report by Assistant Principal Rowdy Fatheree.

At the same time, however, the overall number of discipline referrals is tracking up so far this year.

Even so, Fatheree said this increase may be due to a higher number of PE dress infractions and cell phone violations, which are not as serious as the disrespect and truancy offenses.

“We'll definitely target those for the future, but those are not as major as the disrespect referrals that we were seeing in the classroom,” Fatheree said. “So that's very positive news.”

Fatheree's discipline report was part of a detailed presentation delivered by school administrators at Tuesday night's meeting of the MVTHS Board of Education.

The presentation was a mid-year report designed to outline the school's status in areas such as discipline, attendance and academic performance.

Fatheree also spoke of student attendance Tuesday. He said the district is on track to meet its goal of 94 percent attendance by the end of the current 2013-2014 school year.

MVTHS had improved attendance for three out of six months so far this year, despite some inclement weather, Fatheree said.

“Overall, we're about a quarter of a percent higher than where we were last year and on track to meet our 94 percent attendance goal,” Fatheree said.

Assistant Principal Rob Pipher delivered a report Tuesday on student academic performance, which he said has remained consistent so far this year.

Currently, 85 percent of MVTHS students are earning A, B or C grades. The school's performance level, Pipher said, has been at 85 percent for the past two semesters. This level does meet the district's overall goal.

However, an estimated 6 percent of MVTHS students are receiving failing grades so far this year, which is 1 percent higher than the district's goal of 5 percent.

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