Enough with the “perception problem,” already. Mayor Guerrero gets it. Hopefully he can clear things up for Mr. Scott. We appear to be making progress, but make no mistake, we still do not have schools that serve ALL of our citizens well, nor are they producing the results that would attract employers and homebuyers. Looking at the class of 2011, and adjusting for students who enroll at SMHS over the course of their high school careers, or leave to enroll in other Texas public schools, 72.7% of the remainder graduate on time, 10.4% are still trying to finish, and 8.6% have dropped out (the remainder have moved out of state, out of the country, enrolled in private school, etc). These are not good numbers. Here’s how we compare to some schools around us: SMHS: 72.7% graduate, 10.4% stay, 8.6% drop out Dripping Springs: 84.3% graduate, 2.1% stay, 0.6% drop out (5% move out of state and 7.5% enroll in private or home school) Wimberley: 83.6% graduate, 2.1% stay, 3.7% drop out Hays: 82.8% graduate, 5.7% stay, 2.3% drop out Canyon: 75.5% graduate, 3.8% stay, 5.7% drop out I know many are opposed to comparing us to those schools, because of our demographics. That’s a poor excuse. Still, here are some more demographically similar schools we could emulate: SMHS: 72.7% graduate, 10.4% stay, 8.6% drop out Del Valle HS: 87.4% graduate, 0.8% stay, 3.4% drop out Eastwood HS: 83.8% graduate, 2.0% stay, 7.0% drop out Los Fresnos HS: 82% graduate, 5.5% stay, 4.5% drop out Riverside HS: 81.7% graduate, 2.9% stay, 4.9% drop out There are others, but it is tiresome to keep rehashing this. There is no reason we should not be able to get our 4 year graduation rate up and the dropout rate down. There is a lot the city can do to help there, such as the pre-K initiative the mayor mentioned, the dropout roundup that Mr. Frank mentioned, or outreach programs, mentoring programs, coordination with local employers, expansion of programs like Pack It Up and Pass It On, food drives, school supply drives, collaboration with Texas State in any number of areas, etc. There is plenty that can be done. Making movies about how good our schools are, is not very high on that list. Again, Kudos to the mayor, for working to face this challenge.