WCBOE Ombudsman program shows success (LaFayette, Ga.)

Date: October 29, 2014

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walker County Schools’ Ombudsman program is gaining momentum in graduation success rates.

System Student Services Director Chris Chambers gave the report to the Walker County School Board in a recent meeting.

“Of all the [LaFayette] students enrolled in the Ombudsman program, 86 percent [96 students] completed the 2013-2014 school year by remaining in the program, transitioning back to their home school or graduating,” said Chambers. “Of all the [Rossville] students enrolled in the Ombudsman program, 96 percent [95 students] completed the 2013-2014 school year by remaining in the program, transitioning back to their home school or graduating.”

Chambers reported that out of 67 Ombudsman students eligible for graduation/eighth-grade promotion, 58 graduated or were promoted during the school year, resulting in an 87 percent graduation or promotion rate.

“I feel real good about our Ombudsman progress,” he said.

Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines said he hopes to see the overall system’s graduation rate break into the 80 percent range. However, only 35 percent of the high school graduates in Walker County go on to college, he said.

“There’s something that’s not making a connection with our kids,” said Raines. “My kids were honors grads and lost their Hope Scholarships. They both have finished college now.”

The Walker County Ombudsman Center was established to provide the district an off-campus program intended to reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates, increase attendance levels, improve academic performance for dropout prevention and offer the district’s non-traditional learners a new opportunity to encounter a personalized learning experience different than they encountered in the traditional school setting, according to Chambers’ report.

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