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Graduation rates improve in Huntsville City Schools

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Graduation levels at Huntsville City Schools hit 80 percent, up from just 66 percent two years ago. (Graphic: MGN Online) Graduation levels at Huntsville City Schools hit 80 percent, up from just 66 percent two years ago. (Graphic: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

There are serious signs of improvement at Huntsville City Schools. Graduation levels hit 80 percent, up from just 66 percent two years ago.

New Century High School leads the way with a 95 percent graduation rate while only about half of Butler High School students are receiving their diploma.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said that improvement is exactly what he wants to see. Wardynski said what's really encouraging is that the progress is at two high schools the state has designated as failing - Butler and Johnson.

In 2011, Butler graduated only 31 percent, that's now at 49 percent. Johnson's graduation rate has climbed in two years from 62 percent to 78 percent.

"We've made a lot of improvements in these schools. There's a lot of great programs there. If you wanted to go somewhere else you'd probably be running away from a better deal," said Wardynski.

The Alabama State Department of Education wants to see every high school have 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Wardynski knows several of his schools still have a ways to go but he believes the district's statistics show they're on the right path.

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