The dropout rate among high school students in Warren County’s traditional public schools increased to 5.43 percent during the 2014-15 school year, according to data released last week by the State Board of Education/N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

The report contains data from the 2010-11 academic year through 2014-15. In 2010-11, 32 students, or 3.9 percent of students in Warren County’s traditional public schools dropped out.

The dropout rate declined during the 2011-12 school year, when 23 students, 2.92 percent, dropped out.

Since then, the dropout rate has made a steady climb. In 2012-13, 33 students, or 4.1 percent, dropped out of school. The number rose to 39 students in 2013-14, when 4.87 percent of students dropped out of school. In 2014-15, 43 students dropped out of school.

The report also includes dropout rates for public charter schools across the state. Locally, Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Hollister reported three dropouts in 2014-15, for a dropout rate of 4.69 percent.

The school reported a dropout rate of 8.89 percent in 2010-11, when four students dropped out of school. In both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, HSTS had no dropouts. In 2013-14, one student dropped out of school, for a dropout rate of 1.69 percent.

The statewide dropout rate increased from 2.28 percent in 2013-14 to 2.39 percent in 2014-15. In 2013-14, a total of 10,404 students across North Carolina dropped out of school. In 2014-15, the number was 11,190.

Acts of crime and violence

The annual report also includes information about the number of acts of crime and violence reported in traditional public schools and public charter schools during the 2014-15 school year.

North Carolina school systems are required to report the following acts of crime or violence: possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of alcoholic beverage, assault on school personnel, assault resulting in serious injury, sexual assault, assault involving use of a weapon, sexual offense, possession of a firearm, robbery without a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, taking indecent liberties with a minor, rape, death by other than natural causes, kidnapping, bomb threat and burning of a school building.

Local schools with no reported incidents of crime or violence in 2014-15 included Northside K-8 School, Vaughan Elementary School and Warren Early College High School.

One incident of possession of a weapon was reported at South Warren Elementary School. Two possession of a weapon incidents were reported at Mariam Boyd Elementary School.

Nine incidents were reported at Warren New Tech High School: one of assault involving use of a weapon, six of possession of a controlled substance and two of possession of a weapon.

Twelve incidents were reported at Warren County Middle School: two of assault on school personnel, seven of possession of a controlled substance and three of possession of a weapon.

Fourteen incidents were reported at Warren County High School: one of assault on school personnel, eight of possession of a controlled substance and five of possession of a weapon.

Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School reported four incidents of crime and violence: one each of assault on school personnel and possession of a weapon, and two of possession of a controlled substance.

Suspensions and expulsions

Information on the number of short- and long-term suspensions, as well as expulsions for public school systems and public charter schools across the state during the 2014-15 academic year were included in the annual report.

Statewide, 208,650 short-term suspensions, 1,085 long-term suspensions and 42 expulsions were reported.

In Warren County’s traditional public schools, there were 630 short-term suspensions and 11 long-term suspensions reported in 2014-15. There were no expulsions.

At Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School, there were 29 short-term suspensions, five long-term suspensions and two expulsions reported in 2014-15.

To view the reports, visit the North Carolina Public Schools website at ncpublicschools.org. Click on Public School Dropout Rate Experiences Slight Increase in 2014-15 and Reportable Public School Crimes and Consequences Increase in 2014-15; Long-Term Suspensions Decrease Slightly.