Posted: Nov 5, 2012 9:31 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 5, 2012 11:27 PM
ROBSTOWN -- The Robstown High School principal came up with a plan to help boost the graduation rate and test scores for students.
But a total of only two parents showed up to the meeting to listen to Principal Richard Waterhouse talk about goals for improving test scores, attendance and graduation rates.
He said, "You're guess is as good as mine as to why they didn't show up."
Waterhouse says last year the graduation rate was 67.5%.
The state standard is 75%.
Students also need to improve on their math and english language arts testing.
So, Waterhouse came up with what's called a Corrective Action Plan.
Here's a break down of some of the goals...offering incentives like pep rallies and gift certificates to students who attend class, making lessons more relevant
and getting parents involved.
We talked to students about attendance and graduation.
They say there's no school pride because the campus is a mess and that's part of the reason some kids just don't care and skip class.
Sophomore Cody Arredondo said, "Motivate the students to come to school all the time."
Freshman Joseph Rivera said, "Make the place cleaner and more trash cans everywhere. Because you'll see them walking by with the bottles on the floor, they just throw them there."
The reporter told Principal Waterhouse, "We spoke to some students on campus before this meeting and some of them expressed concern about the shape the campus is in."
He said, "It's tough. It is, and who knows what role that plays in attendance. Certainly people want to come to a nice place and not so much a place that's falling down."
There's a $12.5 million dollar bond on Tuesday's ballot to repair and renovate Robstown High School.
Waterhouse says that would certainly help.
But if it doesn't pass this time, he says, "I'm going to keep trying until I'm gone. Our kids deserve it."
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