FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two reporting cycles ago, Florence High School showed a 77-percent graduation rate for their senior class.
The most recent rate has shown tremendous improvement with a double digit increase, but administrators said they aren’t satisfied with stopping.
Five years ago, Janet Womack took over the Florence City Schools with one goal in mind; make the school system number one in every category across the board, period.
“We are very excited as a district to know just the blood, sweat, and tears that our faculty, staff, and administration has poured into making sure all of our students succeed,” stated Womack.
In a three year period, Womack said the graduation rate at Florence High School has risen from 77-percent to a healthy rate of 92-percent.
But she said there is more to do.
“We are not satisfied with 92-percent,” explained Womack. “We do celebrate 92-percent, but we are not satisfied. Because unless you have 100-percent of your students graduating, then you still have work to do.”
According to Womack, one of the ways they have improved their graduation rate, when the state was slashing funds and most systems cut programs, Florence continued on.
Keeping programs intact that Womack said gives students a second chance.
“Knowing that every child counts, and then looking at each student and what their needs are, and making sure that we have a laser focus on helping every student succeed,” said Womack.
Success that Womack said is now being realized by staff, administrators and most importantly – the students.
Womack added that if it were not for the support of Florence city leaders and the community as a whole, Florence City Schools would not have been able reach the goals they have set forth.