(From Aug. 7, 2013)
After the big buildup, it was announced that the graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 86.8 percent, much higher than it has been in recent years.
The promises of this game-changing announcement were made in joint invitations sent out last month by the Joplin R-8 School District and Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost of the invitations appeared to have been paid by Southwest Missouri Bank and Freeman Health System.
Reportedly, the members of the graduating class who made the announcement possible were not present for the festive occasion.
Though it was certainly good news for the Joplin R-8 School District, the announcement comes just 15 days before the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to release information indicating that the Joplin School District is going to be provisionally accredited and barely missed losing its accreditation.