The largest school system in Eastern Carolina says campus crime is down and more students are staying in school.
Pitt County Schools says its dropout rate is now the lowest it has ever been, at 2.78%. The school system says that's a 17.3% decrease over last year.
"We are extremely proud of our students, teachers, principals, counselors, and support staff for continuing to work together toward the goal of a high school diploma," said Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker. "This school system has put a lot of initiatives in place to help students graduate from high school, and everyone who plays a part in student achievement should be commended for the efforts they have made to reduce the dropout rate. We will continue to work toward reducing the dropout rate until there is no dropout rate."
The school system also saw a decrease in the number of reportable crime on its campuses, which fell from 260 to 168. PCS says that averages out to 7.2 per 100 students, which is also the state average.
Student suspensions are also down significantly, according to the school system. Short-term suspensions dropped from 7,988 to 7,007, while long-term suspensions fell from 149 to 76.