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24 Students qualify


Dale Maes, School Board President, Dr. Kimberly Mizell, Superintendent, Kaylub Robinson and Mike Ziems

Bloomfield High School took a new approach to reducing school absences and raffled off two cars donated by local businesses to student's with perfect attendance.

At the end of the school year, there were 24 students with perfect attendance:

Adam Aguirre, Brianna Antonito, Savannah Archuleta, DeQuan Arviso, Amanda Bitsue, James Bitsue, Brendon Charley, Trivin Coffman, Iann Coleman, Alec Gonzales, Heath Krebbs, Robert Martinez, Seth Martinez, Nathan Montenegro, Teagan Mosley, Bryanna Parrish, Kaylub Robinson, McKayla Robinson, David Routzen Jr., Cash Snell, Jordan Taft, Alison Wheeler, Kamea Wheeler, and Yang Zhou. All the names were entered into the drawing for the cars and the winners were:

Kaylub Robinson, sophomore, won the 2007 Ford Mustang; and Iann Coleman, freshman, won the 2007 Ford Focus.

Kaylub Robinson and Mike Ziems

Kim Mizell, Superintendent of Bloomfield Schools, said "This is one of several things we are trying to encourage them to attend and succeed at school. At the junior high level, we instituted In School Suspension (ISS) for disciplinary infractions instead of sending the student home, and that reduced truancy 45% last school year. At the high school level, we tried ISS and the car giveaway. District wide our graduation rate is up and over the state average for the 15-16 school year, and truancy dropped 7%."

According to Mizell, during the 2015-16 school year, the state average graduation rate was 68.6%, and Bloomfield came in above that at 70.4%. Junior high truancy rate dropped 45.45% after ISS was implemented. During 2015, the junior high had 22 habitually truant students, in 2016 that number dropped to 12. District wide, the truancy rate dropped 7.1%, but the high school went up. Because of these results ISS and the car giveaway were implemented.

"We won't have the results for the current school year for a while yet, but based on the increase in perfect attendance numbers at the High School, we are looking forward to getting those numbers," she said.


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