Grainger Today Correspondent
ROGERSVILLE – Hawkins County high schools achieved an overall graduation rate that exceeded the state rate by eight percentage points, which was the highest in state history since records were kept.
The overall rate for the district was 97.1 percent. The rate for Volunteer High School was 97.1 percent and 96.9 percent for Cherokee High School.
The state rate for 2016-17 was[Text Wrapping Break]89.1 percent.
Director of Schools Steve Starnes said he was pleased to see the continued growth in the district’s graduation rate.
“We know that requiring a high school diploma is essential for our students as they leave the district and move forward toward a college career. It is certainly a reflection on our dedicated teaching staff that we have in Hawkins County that we continue to improve the number of students graduating each year,” Starnes said.