Joplin Schools Graduation Rate Reaches 85 Percent
When CJ Huff became Joplin School Superintendent in 2008, the first thing on his to-do list was raise the graduation rate. That graduation rate has been increasing each year..and this year, it's gone up even more. It was 73% when Huff came to town; now it's 85%. He tells News Talk KZRG credit goes to a lot of adults who have helped the students stay on course to graduate.
"I credit the hard work of our teachers. They've done a fantastic job, and the way this community has come together to help kids who may be coming from difficult situations has made all the difference."
Huff tells News Talk KZRG when he first started in Joplin, the goal was to get 400 students to graduate each year. Now, he says, the goal is 500 in any given year.