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State honors Burke Middle College

posted Oct 26, 2015, 11:57 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 11:58 AM ]
    State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Burke Middle College earlier this month for achieving a 100-percent graduation rate for the 2015-14 school year. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam attended the Graduation Achievement Award Recognition and Luncheon in Durham and received a plaque on behalf of the school.

    Fifty students graduated in May from Burke Middle College, located on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College. A joint effort of Burke County Public Schools and the community college, Burke Middle College offers Burke students the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma while simultaneously earning a two-year associate’s degree. Burke Middle College has consistently had a 100-percent graduation rate over the past several years.

    At the Oct. 6 ceremony, Atkinson recognized 11 North Carolina school districts and 60 schools for posting outstanding four-year cohort graduation rates for the 2014-15 school year. Among those mentioned was Patton High School, whose graduation rate hit 96.4 percent. The overall Burke County Public Schools’ rate is 90.1 percent.

    Atkinson said, “I am so proud of the teachers, school counselors, coaches, principals and district leaders, and others who have worked tirelessly to make sure more students are graduating from North Carolina’s public schools than ever before. Their dedication and tenacity enabled the state to reach the all-time high graduation rate of 85.6 in 2014-15. As we honor the schools and districts that do an exceptional job keeping students in school and on track for graduation, I am hopeful that these award winners will continue to share best practices and serve as models for districts and schools across the state.”

    Putnam said, “Our goal is to have every student who starts high school finish with a diploma. I am grateful for all of our principals, teachers, counselors, school support staff, parents, the community and the students for their commitment to education and the goal of graduation. I am especially proud of Burke Middle College for once again making it into the 100 Percent Graduation Club. The students and staff consistently meet the demands of a rigorous program and are to be commended.”

Photo: Burke Middle College remains in the 100-percent Graduation Club. Pictured are State Superintendent June Atkinson and Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam at an Oct. 6 awards ceremony celebrating high graduation rates.


Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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