Board to recognize students
by Hawkins Teague
May 14, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Board of Education voted last week on the second reading of a policy to recognize students of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at graduation.

Tim McGinnis, superintendent of Trigg County Schools, said the two seniors graduating from the academy this year would be recognized as honor graduates, which would be equivalent to valedictorian status. He said that because it would be impossible to compare the academy’s curriculum to that of Trigg County High School, the students would not receive class rankings. He said the only situation that the school would issue an official ranking would be if a student must include a ranking on a college application, he said.

Board Chairman Mike Davis said it had been a “long slog” to get a policy together, but he hoped the policy would be adequate. Vice-Chairman George “Skip” Howe said that if it wasn’t, the board might have to tweak the policy in the future.

“I’m sure someone will find something wrong with it, and we’ll change it next year,” Howe said chuckling.

Board Attorney Howell Hopson said that many other school districts had had similar problems.

“There’s an attorney or two that wants a copy of this (policy), so I’ll send it along,” he said.

“Send them a bill,” Davis said laughing.

The board also voted to approve next year’s school calendar (see separate story). Travis Hamby, the assistant superintendent of personnel and operations, said that the state’s deadline for setting the calendar was May 15. He said the calendar committee began meeting in March and had decided to start an early release program, which would send students home at 1:30 most Friday afternoons. The purpose is to allow teachers to discuss teaching strategies with one another, he said.

The board also voted to approve a tentative activity budget for the middle and high schools.

The board also voted to approve the district’s federally funded summer feeding program for this year. McGinnis said that Food Services Director Paula Maddox had reported to him that the cafeteria had fed 2,124 lunches and 1,432 breakfasts last year. The program is fully funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and will be held in June and July in the school cafeteria, at the Housing Authority of Cadiz and at Genesis Express on various weeks.

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