Many Benton Harbor HS seniors not on track to graduate

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WNDU) - Of 138 seniors at Benton Harbor High School this year, only 38 are currently on track to graduate, according to our news-gathering partners at WSJM Radio.

Benton Harbor Area Schools CEO Robert Herrera addressed the low numbers at a Tuesday night meeting. He said a recent audit of the graduation numbers of this year and last year found many students far off track. He told WSJM News when they can be helped, they will be.

“Sixty-eight are very unlikely to graduate. Thirty-eight, we know, are on track to graduate, and so that leaves another [32] kind of caught in between right now. That’s our focus group, to work with those students and their parents to try to make sure that they’re caught up,” he said.

Herrera also said during his CEO meeting there were more than 100 seniors who did graduate last year but shouldn’t have. He said the problem was poor administration.

“Some very poor record-keeping, very poor school processes at the high school and very poor administration of programs during that time," he said.

Herrera said his administration had to make last minute schedule changes to make sure seniors would be on the right path this year.

A couple neighbors told NewsCenter 16 discipline needs to be a main priority for students -- starting at home with their families, and at school, where teachers can help ensure the teens graduate.