Letourneau is incorrect and not productive
Mr. Ed Letourneau's recent pre-election interview by the Banner, as he ran for school board re-election, requires some clarification.
Regarding graduation rate and requirements, Mr. Ed Letourneau claims that MAU's graduation rate improvement is due to the requirements being reduced, and he incorrectly claims that there is limited follow up with graduates to see what they are doing after graduation. MAU's 4-year graduation rate has increased from 78.40 percent in 2006 to 84.62 percent in 2013, which is the last time these numbers were published. Mr. Ed Letourneau should refer to the minutes of the November 19, 2014, MAU Board Meeting, where principal Ms. Sue Maguire presented board members with a spreadsheet of MAUHS Students Post Graduate Work analysis, which took place annually. MAUHS has tracked this information for several years, until this past summer.
Mr. Ed Letourneau incorrectly claimed that students are not graduating college and career ready, with students requiring "remedial classes" upon entering college, and stated that "we need to raise academic standards." He continues to insult the many achievements of our students, including the fact that MAUHS has some of the highest Advanced Placement test scores in the state.
MAUHS is a NEASC accredited institution, which means it meets or exceeds the academic and program requirements to attain this accreditation through a thorough and vigorous process. The faculty and staff were particularly commended in their findings for being "committed, energized, and resourceful."
MAUHS's improved graduation rates are the direct result of the multiple flexible pathways its staff worked very hard to develop over the past several years, even before this was a state requirement. Some of these include the High School Completion Program through their partnership with the Tutorial Center, Virtual High School Classes, summer school, Twilight Program, "Aftermath" tutoring after school, the Alternative Program, Academic Mentoring, and a multi-tiered level of supports and programs for its special education population.
Mr. Ed Letourneau's consistent use of negative commentary and of false information incorrectly represents the high school and is not productive.
— Marilyn Woodard Shaftsbury