County schools adjust graduation requirements
Tuesday, November 7, 2000 12:00 am
Graduation requirements for Lincoln County Schools were officially changed Monday to reflect a September decision by the State Board of Education.
The changes concerning academic tests will start with students who began the ninth grade last year, Lincoln County School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Leanne Summers told school board members Monday.
Those students, who anticipate graduating in 2003, will be required to pass all three sections of the Functional Literacy Examination (FLE), plus a subject area test in U.S. History, said Summers.
“They must pass all in order to graduate,” she added.
The FLE has been a graduation requirement for some time, but state education officials are trying to phase out the test by replacing it with subject area tests, explained Summers.
Students who began the ninth grade this year must pass the mathematics section of the FLE, plus subject area tests in U.S. History and English II.
Each year a different subject area test will be added to graduation requirements until all four subject area tests are included.
School officials will send notices to parents and students this semester to further explain the new graduation requirements.
Other school district changes approved during last night’s board meeting included an updated handbook for Eva Harris Alternative School.
“We’ve had some problems with communication and how things should be done, so we’re trying to address those,” said Summers.
Some of the problems district officials hope to mend are confusion on what type of work students should participate in while attending Eva Harris, and who should assign the work.
“This should clear some of those things up,” Summers told school board members as she presented them with the updated handbook.
Other problems district officials plan on fixing soon are leaky roofs at Bogue Chitto and Loyd Star Attendance Centers.
Although the roofs have been leaking for quite some time, the school district had to wait until an application for Mississippi Public School Building Funds was approved.
“They’ve approved our application, and at least 90 percent of it will be paid for by the state’s building fund, so we can now advertise for bids,” said Superintendent Perry Miller.
In other matters, school board members approved additional holidays for employees of the district’s central office after Miller made a request on their behalf.
“They want permission to take the same holidays as the schools take. . . but we’ll keep it open when we need to,” Miller told school board members.
After a short discussion on the matter, board secretary Brenda Warren made a motion to allow central office employees the week of Thanksgiving off, but only one week off during Christmas.
School board members agreed with this motion, adding that employees should be prepared, though, at any time to come to work if needed.
The next school board meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, rather than Nov. 20.