NEW BERN, N.C. -
High-school drop out rates rose slightly last year in Craven County, though the numbers was still below the state's average. The 2012-2013 Consolidated Data Report on School Discipline and Dropout shows Craven County Schools' rate rose from 2.13% in the previous two years to 2.33%. The average rate for North Carolina is 2.45%. As for violence and crime, the school system reports there were 5.075 reportable acts per 1,000. That is down slightly from 5.087 per 1,000 the previous year. The district says over the 2012-2013 year, there were 16 incidents reported involving drug and weapons possession, assault involving serious injury and other serious crimes. The number of school suspensions was down considerably, as well.
A spokesperson for Craven County Schools says the district will continue to work toward cutting the drop-out rate and provide the safest schools possible.
See the full report detailing district-by-district here.