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by Gail Marsh
(September 15, 1998) The Harrison County Board of Education will discuss revising a newly enacted grading policy during its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.
The revisions, which will be discussed during the 6 p.m. meeting, will change back the policy so that grades will be rounded up to the next letter if a student's average falls halfway between two grades.
The board revisited the policy after a number of parents came to the last board meeting with complaints that the new grading policy would penalize students with strong grade point averages.
Under the new policy, a student who earned two "As" and two "Bs" would have had his grade rounded down to an "B" for the semester. The change will make the grade go up to an "A."
"This change is made to reflect rounding up to the higher grade when the average is .5," said William Ashcraft, assistant superintendent.
The policy will remain the same for students who are doing poorly in a class. Any student who gets two "Ds" and two "Fs," will get an "F," a failing grade. Before the board changed to the new policy, those students were able to round up to a "D," a passing grade.
The board is expected to approve the changes on first reading with a waiver of the second reading.
The board is scheduled to approve a permission to bid paving at Bridgeport High School and Simpson and Johnson Elementary schools. The board will also make payments for ongoing roof work and paving at Liberty High School.
School board meetings are open to the public and are held in the second-floor auditorium of the board office on E.B. Saunders Way.