Willa Powell was first elected to the Board in 1997, left and was appointed again in 2003. NYSED did not begin to collect comprehensive district and school data until 2001. In 2001, student enrollment was 37,885, 6.5% were limited English proficient, 67.2% were eligible for free lunch, the dropout rate was 9.9%, 6.1% higher than the State average.
Board President Malik Evans was elected in 2003. Total enrollment was 34,526. 7.8% of the district was limited English proficient, 64.9% were eligible for free lunch. Of those graduating, 22% received Regents diplomas, 32% went on to a four year college, 47% to a two year college, 3% went to the military and 7% became employed. 10.1% dropped out.
Cynthia Elliott became a member of the Board in 2005. Total enrollment was 33,380. 7% were LEP with 66% eligible for free lunch. The graduation rate was 51% overall. Of those graduating, 24% attended a four year college, 54% a two year college, 3% military, and 9% became employed. 19% dropped out.
Van Henri White was appointed to the Board in 2007. Total enrollment was 32,586. 7% of students were LEP and 71% were eligible for free lunch. The graduation rate was 58% overall. Of those graduating, 5% attended a four year college, 52% a two year college, 2% military, and 18% became employed. 10% dropped out.
Melissa Campos, Allen Williams, were elected in 2008. Total enrollment, 32,132. 10% were LEP and 75% were eligible for free lunch. The graduation rate, 54% overall. Of those graduating, 3% attended a four year college, 40% a two year college, 3% military, 22% became employed. 11% dropped out.
Jose Cruz was elected in 2009. Total enrollment, 31,653. 10% were LEP and 79% eligible for free lunch. The graduation rate, 59%. Of those graduating, 8% attended a four year college, 48% a two year college, 0% military, 20% became employed. 12% dropped out.
This is the statistical report card of the current sitting School Board according to the New York State Department of Education.
Very little success has been achieved since 1997. Enrollment has decreased and the dropout rate has increased. The district is educating more LEP students and more students are eligible for free lunch. The number of students attending college has dropped 23% since 2003 while students becoming employed has increased only 15%.
This community cannot continue to ignore the data. Our district leaders have been unsuccessful in educating our children.
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