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Batavia City School District Superintendent Chris Dailey admits that this district had an off year last year. Its graduation rate was 88.8 percent, and while much higher than the state average of 74 percent, Dailey says new procedures were put in place for the 2012-2013 school year.

“Getting more academic intervention services for students that needed it and also tying a senior to an adult in the building as a mentor to help out keeping that student on track throughout the year," Dailey said.

Those efforts have lead to a near 10 percent jump in graduation rate for this academic year.

The official graduation rate for this school year will be determined after exams finish up this week.

About 2.8 percent of those graduating last year were part of the Individual Education Plan. While New York State doesn’t recognize them as earning a degree, Dailey said he is just as proud of the IEP students as their honors and college-bound ones. The district says all of the IEP students graduating this year will have employment after graduation.

Batavia High School graduation is Sunday at 2 at GCC.

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