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NEWS RELEASES 1996-97

NEWS RELEASES 1996-97 :: FEBRURY 1997

DROPOUT RATE SHOWS IMPROVEMENT

PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF NORTH CAROLINADUPLICATED/FEDERAL DATAUNDUPLICATED/STATE DATA
1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96
Local Education Agency # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate # of Drop-outs Drop-out Rate
ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON 394 4.96 342 4.28 312 3.87 351 4.44 308 3.87 306 3.79
ALEXANDER COUNTY 88 3.93 125 5.46 110 4.79 80 3.59 123 5.38 107 4.67
ALLEGHANY COUNTY 22 2.93 25 3.33 19 2.64 22 2.93 25 3.33 19 2.64
ANSON COUNTY 66 3.08 71 3.37 102 4.87 61 2.86 66 3.14 99 4.73
ASHE COUNTY 62 3.53 78 4.41 82 4.73 62 3.53 76 4.30 78 4.51
AVERY COUNTY 36 3.13 41 3.56 17 1.52 33 2.87 41 3.56 17 1.52
BEAUFORT COUNTY 115 2.93 126 3.31 136 3.78 114 2.91 120 3.16 127 3.54
BERTIE COUNTY 66 3.45 71 3.65 21 1.14 55 2.89 61 3.15 21 1.14
BLADEN COUNTY 101 3.74 109 4.00 121 4.48 95 3.53 100 3.68 103 3.84
BRUNSWICK COUNTY 112 2.76 123 3.01 122 2.97 103 2.54 123 3.01 122 2.97
BUNCOMBE COUNTY 469 4.28 578 5.14 530 4.74 387 3.56 447 4.02 504 4.52
ASHEVILLE CITY 74 3.66 81 4.01 85 4.31 74 3.66 78 3.86 69 3.53
BURKE COUNTY 299 5.02 248 4.17 254 4.26 289 4.86 246 4.14 249 4.18
CABARRUS COUNTY 222 3.36 212 3.08 264 3.67 218 3.30 197 2.87 260 3.62
KANNAPOLIS CITY 45 2.55 60 3.37 78 4.39 44 2.49 59 3.31 68 3.85
CALDWELL COUNTY 318 5.92 244 4.58 244 4.63 287 5.37 125 2.40 133 2.58
CAMDEN COUNTY 3 0.55 6 1.04 3 0.54 3 0.55 4 0.70 3 0.54
CARTERET COUNTY 150 3.88 150 3.83 130 3.27 138 3.58 129 3.31 109 2.76
CASWELL COUNTY 68 4.25 81 4.99 74 4.59 61 3.83 65 4.04 67 4.17
CATAWBA COUNTY 280 4.50 244 3.84 284 4.37 210 3.41 193 3.06 237 3.67
HICKORY CITY 141 7.16 129 6.60 101 5.36 130 6.64 114 5.88 101 5.36
NEWTON-CONOVER 24 1.72 23 1.67 37 2.84 24 1.72 23 1.67 37 2.84
CHATHAM COUNTY 135 4.85 98 3.50 107 3.78 85 3.11 57 2.07 103 3.65
CHEROKEE COUNTY 57 3.42 51 3.11 49 3.02 56 3.36 49 2.99 48 2.96
CHOWAN COUNTY 27 2.22 37 3.07 38 3.27 27 2.22 37 3.07 38 3.27
CLAY COUNTY 6 1.04 11 1.86 10 1.65 6 1.04 11 1.86 10 1.65
CLEVELAND COUNTY 97 2.58 98 2.60 119 3.15 89 2.37 93 2.47 117 3.10
KINGS MTN CITY 63 3.49 59 3.30 49 2.76 60 3.33 59 3.30 49 2.76
SHELBY CITY 42 2.83 44 2.94 44 3.01 41 2.76 42 2.81 44 3.01
COLUMBUS COUNTY 140 3.88 130 3.64 104 2.97 138 3.83 121 3.40 104 2.97
WHITEVILLE CITY 45 3.47 61 4.70 34 2.74 42 3.24 54 4.18 31 2.51
CRAVEN COUNTY 174 2.68 184 2.77 180 2.72 145 2.24 161 2.43 165 2.50
CUMBER-LAND COUNTY 566 2.60 684 3.08 859 3.85 499 2.30 652 2.94 835 3.74
CURRITUCK COUNTY 37 2.85 40 3.05 41 3.01 36 2.77 40 3.05 32 2.36
DARE COUNTY 34 2.07 46 2.62 52 2.78 30 1.83 28 1.61 49 2.62
DAVIDSON COUNTY 251 3.15 322 3.97 266 3.29 220 2.77 238 2.96 194 2.42
LEXINGTON CITY 32 2.47 59 4.41 46 3.53 26 2.02 51 3.84 27 2.10
THOMASVILLE CITY 53 5.31 34 3.55 30 3.21 53 5.31 34 3.55 29 3.10
DAVIE COUNTY 73 3.20 86 3.81 53 2.40 58 2.56 76 3.38 53 2.40
DUPLIN COUNTY 92 2.55 86 2.40 87 2.43 87 2.42 84 2.34 87 2.43
DURHAM COUNTY 434 3.45 488 3.83 457 3.64 299 2.40 390 3.09 366 2.94
EDGECOMBE COUNTY 152 3.83 189 4.86 152 4.09 140 3.54 166 4.29 140 3.78
FORSYTH COUNTY 627 3.57 559 3.13 610 3.39 500 2.86 455 2.56 518 2.89
FRANKLIN COUNTY 110 4.26 146 4.91 156 5.15 93 3.63 122 4.13 148 4.90
GASTON COUNTY 355 2.69 391 2.96 242 1.88 292 2.22 277 2.12 208 1.62
GATES COUNTY 12 1.50 17 2.00 20 2.30 12 1.50 16 1.88 19 2.19
GRAHAM COUNTY 48 7.67 29 4.88 26 4.56 45 7.22 29 4.88 26 4.56
GRANVILLE COUNTY 74 2.36 83 2.63 81 2.61 55 1.77 63 2.01 80 2.58
GREENE COUNTY 31 2.35 36 2.65 34 2.52 29 2.20 36 2.65 34 2.52
GUILFORD COUNTY 697 2.80 842 3.34 705 2.81 672 2.70 823 3.26 605 2.42
HALIFAX COUNTY 124 4.19 99 3.36 95 3.23 124 4.19 88 3.00 83 2.84
ROANOKE RAPIDS CITY 40 2.85 37 2.67 36 2.63 29 2.08 29 2.10 33 2.41
WELDON CITY 10 1.73 8 1.37 16 2.76 8 1.39 7 1.20 16 2.76
HARNETT COUNTY 273 4.73 180 3.08 163 2.75 235 4.10 156 2.68 155 2.62
HAYWOOD COUNTY 131 4.04 116 3.57 131 3.95 82 2.57 98 3.04 127 3.83
HENDERSON COUNTY 169 3.42 166 3.30 181 3.53 155 3.14 155 3.09 172 3.36
HERTFORD COUNTY 36 1.83 76 3.82 56 2.83 36 1.83 62 3.14 51 2.58
HOKE COUNTY 124 4.94 139 5.50 109 4.37 68 2.77 111 4.44 109 4.37
HYDE COUNTY 7 1.85 12 3.25 14 3.75 7 1.85 11 2.99 14 3.75
IREDELL-STATESVILLE 287 4.61 234 3.73 266 4.18 270 4.35 234 3.73 263 4.13
MOORES-VILLE CITY 68 4.78 47 3.26 66 4.38 63 4.45 41 2.86 65 4.32
JACKSON COUNTY 66 4.02 78 4.64 78 4.51 58 3.55 62 3.72 68 3.95
JOHNSTON COUNTY 234 3.29 272 3.72 308 4.17 199 2.81 250 3.43 298 4.04
JONES COUNTY 28 4.00 26 3.66 27 3.91 24 3.45 23 3.25 27 3.91
LEE COUNTY 135 3.88 104 2.99 104 2.93 124 3.58 103 2.96 104 2.93
LENOIR COUNTY 176 3.51 166 3.32 196 4.03 168 3.36 160 3.21 188 3.87
LINCOLN COUNTY 149 3.61 173 4.09 144 3.35 144 3.49 161 3.81 132 3.08
MACON COUNTY 71 4.18 89 4.99 87 4.77 66 3.90 64 3.64 75 4.14
MADISON COUNTY 35 2.83 32 2.64 41 3.37 32 2.59 32 2.64 40 3.29
MARTIN COUNTY 68 2.88 82 3.48 86 3.68 52 2.22 68 2.90 79 3.39
MCDOWELL COUNTY 132 4.59 131 4.53 149 5.18 127 4.42 126 4.36 148 5.15
MECKLEN-BURG COUNTY 2109 5.57 2017 5.15 2098 5.22 2109 5.57 1897 4.86 1978 4.93
MITCHELL COUNTY 39 3.65 25 2.38 15 1.45 33 3.11 23 2.20 5 0.49
MONT-GOMERY COUNTY 87 4.35 83 4.15 59 3.01 76 3.82 68 3.43 47 2.41
MOORE COUNTY 174 3.80 145 3.13 129 2.79 169 3.69 138 2.99 119 2.58
NASH-ROCKY MOUNT 291 3.64 291 3.64 310 3.95 261 3.28 262 3.29 290 3.70
NEW HANOVER COUNTY 429 4.36 460 4.65 372 3.80 381 3.89 431 4.37 333 3.41
NORTH-AMPTON COUNTY 49 2.86 53 3.03 53 3.01 48 2.80 53 3.03 25 1.44
ONSLOW COUNTY 181 2.06 252 2.73 221 2.37 110 1.26 117 1.29 181 1.95
ORANGE COUNTY 63 2.51 102 4.01 73 2.90 61 2.43 99 3.90 72 2.87
CHAPEL HILL- CARRBORO 61 1.83 65 1.85 37 1.03 53 1.59 55 1.57 37 1.03
PAMLICO COUNTY 14 1.39 23 2.24 24 2.40 12 1.19 23 2.24 24 2.40
PASQUOTANK COUNTY 53 2.03 65 2.40 59 2.19 51 1.96 63 2.33 58 2.15
PENDER COUNTY 82 3.38 67 2.63 117 4.30 67 2.78 56 2.21 75 2.80
PERQUIMANS COUNTY 12 1.28 11 1.20 7 0.77 9 0.96 11 1.20 7 0.77
PERSON COUNTY 109 4.33 96 3.88 83 3.40 91 3.64 95 3.84 82 3.36
PITT COUNTY 290 3.33 373 4.23 498 5.64 265 3.05 292 3.34 473 5.37
POLK COUNTY 23 2.52 20 2.18 31 3.29 23 2.52 15 1.65 25 2.67
RANDOLPH COUNTY 441 6.58 374 5.60 327 4.92 391 5.88 345 5.19 320 4.82
ASHEBORO CITY 81 4.95 82 4.92 91 5.39 81 4.95 78 4.70 91 5.39
RICHMOND COUNTY 112 2.96 115 3.06 104 2.87 95 2.52 108 2.88 104 2.87
ROBESON COUNTY 382 3.57 441 4.14 500 4.76 272 2.57 405 3.82 423 4.05
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY 284 4.30 312 4.79 308 4.80 250 3.80 249 3.86 277 4.33
ROWAN-SALISBURY 295 3.56 359 4.15 427 4.83 283 3.42 348 4.03 354 4.04
RUTHER-FORD COUNTY 145 3.15 215 4.61 179 3.95 134 2.92 208 4.47 174 3.84
SAMPSON COUNTY 44 1.37 34 1.06 46 1.43 39 1.22 34 1.06 43 1.34
CLINTON CITY 37 3.00 26 2.17 27 2.30 32 2.60 22 1.84 27 2.30
SCOTLAND COUNTY 156 4.44 187 5.27 160 4.70 153 4.36 182 5.14 160 4.70
STANLY COUNTY 68 2.14 57 1.76 97 2.94 60 1.89 57 1.76 96 2.91
ALBEMARLE CITY 26 2.73 26 2.68 37 3.84 25 2.62 23 2.38 35 3.64
STOKES COUNTY 128 4.29 201 6.42 133 4.32 128 4.29 179 5.76 129 4.19
SURRY COUNTY 134 3.64 178 4.81 212 5.74 112 3.06 158 4.29 184 5.02
ELKIN CITY 11 2.17 17 3.29 8 1.55 11 2.17 13 2.54 8 1.55
MOUNT AIRY CITY 16 1.85 19 2.21 17 2.07 16 1.85 19 2.21 16 1.95
SWAIN COUNTY 24 3.02 40 5.00 53 6.61 24 3.02 38 4.76 49 6.14
TRANSYL-VANIA COUNTY 71 3.84 59 3.20 57 3.10 69 3.73 56 3.04 54 2.94
TYRRELL COUNTY 10 2.71 9 2.36 8 2.09 10 2.71 9 2.36 8 2.09
UNION COUNTY 245 3.17 260 3.28 208 2.59 202 2.62 215 2.73 185 2.31
VANCE COUNTY 182 5.51 153 4.77 200 6.42 141 4.32 131 4.11 199 6.39
WAKE COUNTY 1417 4.25 1304 3.76 1203 3.37 1356 4.08 1304 3.76 1170 3.28
WARREN COUNTY 70 4.63 58 3.88 87 5.73 62 4.12 54 3.62 79 5.23
WASHINGTON COUNTY 23 1.74 20 1.55 28 2.23 22 1.66 20 1.55 28 2.23
WATAUGA COUNTY 39 1.74 99 4.25 73 3.14 37 1.66 94 4.05 73 3.14
WAYNE COUNTY 242 2.84 235 2.73 256 2.97 231 2.71 228 2.65 212 2.47
WILKES COUNTY 272 5.75 265 5.66 225 4.89 245 5.21 252 5.39 209 4.56
WILSON COUNTY 244 4.30 256 4.46 209 3.72 238 4.20 199 3.50 173 3.10
YADKIN COUNTY 73 3.22 62 2.72 72 3.12 66 2.92 60 2.63 72 3.12
YANCEY COUNTY 47 4.09 32 2.84 59 5.15 42 3.67 30 2.67 55 4.82
NORTH CAROLINA 19367 3.71 19987 3.78 19727 3.73 17393 3.35 17844 3.39 18080 3.43

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