Lexington Two graduation rate almost 90%, scholarship money up 47%

Some good things are happening in the Lexington Two School District.

And Dr. Bill James, Lexington Two School District superintendent, was spreading the word, Tuesday.

Almost 88 percent of the district’s seniors graduate from high school.

James delivered the news as he addressed the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Breakfast meeting. It was held at Brookland-Cayce High School.

Lexington Two’s graduation rate is higher than the national graduation rate of 83 percent, and higher than the state’s rate of 82.6 percent.

PHOTO Dr. Bill James, Lexington Two School District superintendent. (ColaDaily) 

I’m excited about Lexington Two,” James told the crowd. He characterized the district as “a success story,” and then gave the reasons why. 

In addition to the improving graduation rate, James said Lexington Two students earned almost $11.4 million in scholarship money in 2016. That’s up nearly $3.7 million in one year, and represents a 47 percent increase.

Lexington Two has put more than $11 million back into its community,” James said.

James also said the district is proud to be a contributing member of its community.

“”We have partnerships with our municipalities,” said James. “We do business with a lot of people in the neighborhood.”

Using a PowerPoint presentation, James displayed the names of 45 local companies with which Lexington Two transacts business. “We’re not just a one-way street.” We value our relationships, he said. 

James said in addition to its role as a good citizen, the district places a high priority on academic performance, with student and staff well-being the top priority.

James also noted that Lexington Two offers magnet programs, I2Tech, STEM and adult education, along with many other education options. Fine arts, athletics and career and technology training are also staples of Lexington Two, he said.

James said Lexington Two is the first district in the Midlands to implement a dual-credit early college partnership with Midlands Technical College.

Despite all of the progress in Lexington Two, James said there is room for improvement, and the expectation is to keep getting better.

Lexington Two Facts:

8,723 4-K-through-Grade 12 students

There are 15 schools in the district

7 Title 1 Schools

Lexington Two employs 1,250 people

Lexington Two is county’s 7th largest employer

Lexington 2’s Payroll is $69 million

District has 300 teachers with advanced degrees

91 National Board Certified teachers

English is not the primary language for 16% of students

Source: Lexington Two PowerPoint presentation

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