State of the school system: graduation rates up
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The cafeteria at North Murray High School was packed last Thursday night as members of the community, parents, educators, administrators and public officials gathered for a meal and to hear the sixth annual State of the Schools address.

This year, students from different school councils helped with the presentation.

The graduation rate has increased in Murray County to 90% from 62% in 2008. The graduation for North Murray High School is 89%. The graduation rate for the state of Georgia is 72%, down slightly from 75% in 2008.

Fighting poverty is a major concern for school officials. In the Murray County school system, more than 70% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches and meals.

Murray County Board of Education Chairman Greg Shoemaker addressed the crowd and said the accomplishments of the school system were the result of a team effort.

“There are a thousand students working hard to reach their full potential and be the best they can be,” Shoemaker said. “Students, don’t ever give up. If you have a dream, you reach for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish what you want to accomplish. There are a hundred teachers...who teach and give their support to their students each and every day wanting to see their students succeed.”

Shoemaker also commended the administrators and school support staff, businesses and parents for support as well.

“As always there will be areas for improvement,” Shoemaker said. “But if we work as a team, we will see those improvements.”

The presentation included several programs in the school system, including rewards for good behavior and Superintendent Vickie Reed stressed the school system motto “Committed to Success, No Exceptions, No Excuses”.

“We believe in that,” Reed said.

More information on the different programs instituted by the school system can be found online at and each school has a website that can be accessed through through the system’s website.