GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Graduation rates in District 51 were up for 2009, and officials expect the 2010 graduating class to fare even better.
District 51 officials say they're monitoring each class' dropout rate as they progress through high school and think they can accurately project this year's graduation numbers already.
Officials are expecting rates to increase at least 1.5 percent and maybe up to 3 percent. Bill Larsen, executive director of District 51 High Schools, says, "We are almost even with the State of Colorado this last year. So depending on how much the state will rise, I anticipate we are going to reach the state's rate and hopefully surpass it."
The state's graduation rate is currently around 74 percent, and District 51 is predicting a graduation rate to exceed 75 percent.