St. Clair County's Board of Education shared good news surrounding graduation numbers.

ODENVILLE — St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard brought good graduation news to Tuesday evening’s school board meeting.

According to Howard, 90.38 percent of high school seniors in St. Clair County met graduation requirements.

The 2019-2020 stats mark the first time every high school in the system has a graduation rate above 90 percent.

The board also learned that the number of “hybrid” students dropped by more than 1,000, with more students returning to in-school learning.

Howard said those numbers indicate that more students are feeling comfortable returning to school.

Other numbers presented by Howard show that the school system has fewer students than they did last year. Currently, there are 9,139 students in the system, not including pre-school. This is a drop of 109 students. Howard attributed part of this to COVID-19, but believes the numbers will start to increase over time.

“We highly anticipate we’ll get these students back,” Howard said.

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the upcoming basketball season will adhere to 50 percent capacity at games until former notice. Parents will be the first to receive tickets, with remaining tickets available to the public.

In other business:

• It was reported all 140 school busses passed safety inspections.

• Three board members received Academy Achievement Awards recognitions. Marie Manning received Academy Achievement Master Third Year. Nickie Van Pelt received Academy Achievement Level Two. Dr. Mike Hobbs received Academy Achievement Level One.

• Representative Jim Hill was recognized for his commitment to the community with a donation of $12,000 towards libraries in the district.

The next board meeting will take place at Odenville Middle School on Tuesday, Nov 17.

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