The graduation rate at Marshalltown High School dropped three percentage points in the past year, according to a report released to the school board Monday.
The graduation rate was 77.7 percent for students tracked over a four-year span ending in 2011-12. That is down from the 80.8 percent rate in 2010-11.
The figures were released to the school district by the Iowa Department of Education and are not tabulated locally. The school district has a strategic plan goal of reaching a 95 percent graduation rate by 2014-15.
Board member Jason Jablonski asked Superintendent Marvin Wade to bring an action plan before the board at a future meeting with ways to improve the graduation rate.
"We're not going in the right direction," Jablonski said.
Wade said plans are already being put in place under the direction of Associate Superintendent Susan Pecinovsky.
"We have actions that we are taking that will work toward improving the four-year graduation rate," Pecinovsky said.
With the goal of 95 percent less than three years away, Wade said that plan will have to be an aggressive one.
In other board agenda items, Don Meyer, transportation director with the school district, brought forth a new bus drivers handbook for board approval since it hasn't been updated since 1999. Among the several additions to the new handbook was that bus drivers must not talk on their cell phones while the bus is in motion.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 in district offices.