When it comes to high school graduation rates, Iowa is tops – the Hawkeye state once again leads the nation in the percentage of high school students who graduate. 91.3-percent of students in the class of 2016 completed high school within four years in Iowa, best in the nation. The 2016 graduation rate was up three-tenths of a percent from last year and is up three percentage points during the last six years. The national graduation rate is about seven percent lower at 84.1-percent. New Jersey was the only other state to top 90 percent — at 90.1.
The South Central Regional Airport Agency passed a resolution Wednesday requesting the FAA release real estate owned by the Oskaloosa Municipal Airport. The land the SCRAA is requesting the FAA to release is property not currently utilized by the municipal airport for aeronautical purposes. SCRAA Chairman Jim Hansen explained that the revenue from the disposal of the land is intended to be the city of Oskaloosa’s primary funding source for the new airport project; the current airport will remain in operation until the new one opens.