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Graduation rates rising at one local high school

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) - More kids are graduating from Keokuk High School now and school officials say they think it is a trend that will continue.

The graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 90 percent. That number is up from 81.1 percent for the class of 2012.

Keokuk High School reading teacher Meg McGhghy helps students like Senior Katelyn Grisham on a daily basis to give them the skills they need to succeed in the classroom.

"Reading is involved in everything that they do and so getting their reading skills up is a big thing for us," McGhghy said.

She says this is part of an approach to get students more engaged in the classroom and help students who are falling behind in critical subjects.

It's a change Grisham has noticed this year.

"If you come to school people just have a better attitude about it," Grisham said. "People care now."

Principal Zach Wigle says in the last several years programs have been put in place to help students inside and outside of the classroom to catch up on school work or fix behavioral issues.

A group of staff and administrators meet weekly to help some of the students who they feel are falling through the cracks.
 
"We currently have about 60 students that are on that list," Wigle said. "We just try to figure out ways to assist them as best as we can."

Keokuk High School now has a new principal and assistant principal this year, and McGhghy says the administration change has been a big asset in creating a better learning environment.

She says those changes are helping to keep kids enrolled each year.

"The administration is helping us as teachers and they have our backs and give us the tools that we need and that is what we really needed here," McGhghy said.
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