KEYSER - New Creek Primary School surpassed the county's attendance goal for the 2016-2017 school year by over 1 percent, according to Brandy Fisher, attendance director.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - New Creek Primary School surpassed the county’s attendance goal for the 2016-2017 school year by over 1 percent, according to Brandy Fisher, attendance director.
With the Mineral County Board of Education setting the county-wide attendance goal at 95 percent several years ago, New Creek reached 96.23 percent for this past school year.
“They were phenomenal,” Fisher said, noting that several other schools in the county came within less than 1 percent of the goal - Burlington Primary, 94.58 percent; Elk Garden Primary, 94.34 percent; Fort Ashby Primary, 94.83 percent; Fountain Primary, 94.13 percent; Frankfort High School, 94.18 percent; Frankfort Intermediate, 94.86 percent; Frankfort Middle, 94.55 percent; Keyser Middle, 94.31 percent; and Mineral County pre-k, 94.13 percent.
And while they didn’t quite hit the mark, Keyser High School, at 92.51 percent, “had the biggest jump” from their previous rate, she said.
Fisher went on to explain that 5 percent of the entire school population had perfect attendance this past year, and 36 percent had faithful attendance.
Thanks to continued successes such as these, Mineral County was ranked 11th in the state in terms of attendance for the 2015-2016 school year, which Fisher explained is the last available data from the state.
The news was even better when it comes to graduation and drop-out rates - Mineral County was ranked third in both categories, with a 96.70 percent graduation rate and only a .11 percent dropout rate.
“This past year we only had three dropouts,” Fisher said.
Fisher also explained that fewer letters had to be sent out to parents this year to alert them to their children’s absences, and fewer cases went to the court system.
This summer, she plans to send out letters to urge parents to be more diligent in keeping their children in school.
Mineral County Board of Education member and former superintendent Rob Woy complimented Fisher on her perseverence in trying to keep the county’s students in school.
“You do a good job of bird-dogging these students and trying to keep them in school,” he said.