HAPPY DANCE TIME AT GHS—Gloucester City High School’s (GHS)
graduation rate has increased to 94.04 according to recent figures released by the state Department of Education. In 2015 the school's graduation rate was 82 percent.
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When asked what he attributed the improved graduation rate to, Gloucester City’s school superintendent, Joseph Rafferty said, “ The hard work by the students and the staff has demonstrated positive results. Education is a process of presenting students with opportunities to challenge themselves. The Gloucester City School District has been working to create a school environment that looks at a child readiness to learn and build academic lessons that build students the confidence to be successful. Working with the child's learning styles to help them to master information and framing the lessons that highlight their interests. It is great to see the results of the students and teachers hard work.”
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Statewide the numbers show that New Jersey's high school graduation rate increased to 90.1 percent in 2016 from 89.7 percent in 2015. This marks the fifth straight year the statewide high school graduation rate has increased.
Earlier this month Gloucester City High School (GHS) was notified that it was one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, the Gloucester City School District had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. (see article )
WHY DO GLOUCESTER CITY’S TAXES INCREASE? There is not enough room in this column to give all the reasons why our local taxes go up each and every year. But we can point out the ridiculously high cost of some contracts for professional services that taxpayers foot the bill for.
Edward Vernick, the city engineer, estimated yearly cost $235,000
Wade, Long, and Wood, the city solicitor, estimated yearly cost $175,000
Bowman & Company, the city auditor, estimated yearly cost $73,000
Brett Wiltsey, Dilworth Paxson, the special city tax office counselor, estimated yearly cost $62,000
Keep in mind that the numbers above are all estimated. Many of these law firms and other professionals receive much more money than the figures given.
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