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    JISD Superintendent Dwain Milam speaks to the school board during its meeting April 13. The board sat at least six feet apart in the JISD auditorium. Photo/Nathan Lawson

JISD amends graduation honors calculations

The Jacksboro ISD school board approved a resolution modifying promotion class ratings and related issues during periods of school closure due to COVID-19 in its meeting Monday, April 13.

JISD Superintendent Dwain Milam said he was hoping they would not have to change the policy, but the extended closure has made it necessary.

“Our graduation honors that would be valedictorian, salutatorian and top 10% those calculations typically take place after the fifth sixth weeks have been completed,” Milam said. “After a great deal of discussions, we aren’t really sure if that is going to be an accurate portrayal to run it through the fifth sixth weeks.”

He said with the difficulties and changes in grading policy due to COVID-19, the district examined the possibility of moving the mark to either the end of the first semester or the end of the fourth sixth weeks.

“Our staff at the high school went back and reviewed both the semester and the fourth sixth weeks and there were no changes,” Milam said. “There were a few numerical changes, but as far as the placing and rankings go and there were no changes in that.”

The superintendent said he has not been looking at the rankings because his daughter Hailee is a senior.

He said after consulting with the district’s attorney he recommended a one time change for graduation honors to be calculated through the fourth sixth weeks.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 22, edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.

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