This year, two Trigg County seniors will graduate from the math and science prep school on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Gatton Academy affords students a chance to complete their high school education while earning college credit. Students will be considered graduates of their home schools as well as Gatton Academy.
“Since Gatton Academy students have undergone a highly competitive application process, have left their peers to go to the school and have gone above and beyond expectations, I propose that they be recognized as honor graduates,” said McGinnis.
The superintendent said that differing environments from Trigg County High School and Gatton could not be compared evenly, so students would not be assigned a class rank. Though asked by School District Attorney Howell Hopson what the district would do if scholarship or college applications required a ranking, McGinnis said that he knew of no circumstance where a rank would be absolutely essential.
“They’ve completed two years on that campus. If they apply elsewhere they can find out if we need more, but I think schools will be more interested how students performed at Western than in high school,” said School Board President Mike Davis.
The board also approved a student insurance policy from R.J. Roberts. The policy protects students from injury sustained on campus and during school functions.
“Most school boards elect to provide a tremendous service for parents and students. We’ve worked with Roberts for several years and found them to be most responsive to our needs,” said McGinnis.
The superintendent added that he received quotes from both Scholastic and Roberts. Though the Scholastic policy offered a lower premium, McGinnis said the Roberts policy would be in the “district’s best interest” due to better benefits, including a lifetime catastrophic payment, college tuition and other benefits. The policy cost $24,044.30.
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