East High School Makes Strides, Receives Recognition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – East High School is one of the 2022 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award recipients from the Southern Regional Education Board, announced the Youngstown City School District.

The honor, presented July 19 at the Southern Regional Education Board’s Making Schools Work Conference in Grapevine, Texas, recognizes schools that improve and meet standards in student attendance and graduation.

In 2017, YCSD administrators took on these challenges. The East High School Success Team, a collaboration of school and community-based groups, improved attendance rates from 71.1% in 2020 to 88.4% in 2021 – even during the mandatory virtual learning for all students.

East High School increased the graduation rate from 68.6% in 2017 to 84.7% in 2021. It also had the best attendance in the district with an 83.9% attendance rate and the highest attendance rate of all eight urban school districts in Ohio.

A graduation team designed individual graduation plans for each senior to ensure they would graduate on time, with seniors and families signing contracts pledging to adhere to their students’ graduation plans.

“The YCSD is honored to receive the Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award,” said school district CEO Justin Jennings. “The great diligence of our administrative team, especially in such a short period, is a testament to their commitment to our scholars’ success. Matched with that is the dedication of the scholars who continuously put in the work. Their successes are our successes.”

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