By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Norman Public Schools’ high school dropout rate is lower than the state average dropout rate, reported Holly Nevels, NPS director of secondary education.
The 2012-2013 Student Dropout Report was presented to and discussed at a regular NPS Board of Education meeting Monday night.
For the 2012-2013 year, Norman high schools reported only 75 dropouts out of 4,015 students from Norman High School, Norman North and Dimensions Academy. That is 1.87 percent of students compared to the state average, which is 2.8 percent.
Norman’s four middle schools only reported six dropouts out of 3,272 students, which is less than 1 percent, at only 0.18 percent.
Out of 17 elementary schools and 7,715 students, NPS only reported 28 dropouts, or 0.36 percent. Nevels said some of those numbers may be attributed to families moving out of the district.
Additionally, the school board members honored numerous students, teachers and administrators Monday night.
Honorees included 14 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists; eight National Merit Scholarship Program commended scholars; Nathan Thompson, National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar; Xachary Laws, National Achievement Program Oustanding Participant; Paula Palermo, Lakeview Elementary principal, Oklahoma School Administrator Award recipient; Catherine Wilson, Norman High science teacher, Barbara Spriesterbach Award recipient; Beth Kahn, NPS Health Services coordinator, 2013 Oklahoma School Nurse of the Year Award recipient; and The Stacy Group, People’s Choice Award recipient for architectural design of Reagan Elementary School.