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Schools graduation rate dips, but still higher than 2012
Liberty Schools third-best in area

The bad news is the 2016 graduation rate for the Liberty County School System dipped in 2016.

The good news is school officials say that rate is still higher than it was in 2012, when members of the class of 2016 were freshmen. As a district, LCSS had a graduation rate of 83.3 percent in 2016, compared to 84.7 percent in 2015 — a 1.65 percent decrease.

Graduation rates for high schools across the state were released this month, showing Liberty County High School with a rate of 86.5 percent and Bradwell Institute at 82.6 percent. Both are above the state average of 79.2.

"In Liberty County, our goal is to see our students graduate with a high quality education," Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee said in a press release. "We want students to have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful as they transition to college, a career, or the military. However, when one student does not graduate from high school, it is one student too many. We must continue investing in our schools, eliminating barriers to graduation and pursuing excellence so every child succeeds in today’s society."

In 2015. LCHS was at 88.57 percent and Bradwell 84.7. The state average was 78.8 percent.

Liberty’s matriculation rate is third in the area behind Long County, which has a rate of 89 percent and Effingham’s, which is 88.8 percent, according to Georgia Department of Education data.

Chatham’s is 83.2 percent and Bryan is 82.3 percent, though it is expected to rise once more data is in. McIntosh follows at 80.8 percent, Wayne at 79.8 percent, Evans 77.1 percent and Tattnall’s is 74.5 percent.

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