BCISD approves alternative path for graduation

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett presents RJ Richey Elementary School students Hannah Brooks, Rylan Dowd, and Aaron Butter with certificates for their leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance at the beginning of the Nov. 12 Board meeting. RJ Richey Elementary Principal BJ Gates (right) introduced the students to the Board, who were chosen to lead the room in the Pledges because of their accomplishments in the American Reading Company program.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Students who graduated from Burnet High School but did not meet academic standards in order to receive a diploma may get a second chance to acquire their diploma as Burnet CISD trustees approved a resolution for alternative graduation requirements at the Nov. 12 Board meeting.

Students who entered the ninth grade before the 2011-12 school year and met all requirements for the year they were in that grade but fell short in the assessments required to receive a diploma may be eligible to graduate if they meet these alternative requirements.

Eligible students must show competence in subject areas related to assessments with which they originally struggled through one or more of the following factors, according to the resolution:

“1. The individual's grade in each course in the subject areas applicable to the assessments on which the individual has not performed satisfactorily;

2. The individual's score on each assessment instrument on which the individual has failed to perform satisfactorily;

3. The individual's performance on any projects or work samples in the areas applicable to the assessments on which the individual has not performed satisfactorily (including any projects or work samples identified and assigned by the local graduation committee to be completed by the individual);

4. The individual's participation in offered remediation;

5. The individual's school attendance rate;

6. The individual's transcript of course work;

7. The individual's completion of career and technical education program courses; or

8. Any other academic, work, or life experience determined to be relevant by the local graduation committee.”

These alternative graduation requirements offer students a sense of accomplishment as they are encouraged to try for their diploma again, which will assist them in finding a job, as most employers require diplomas from potential employees.

The window for the graduation committee to determine whether a student may graduate under the local alternative requirements ends Sept. 1, 2019.

Trustees also approved a change to the Open Forum time limit for community members who wish to bring matters to the Board.

The Open Forum section will maintain its 30-minute time frame, but speakers will now have five minutes to make their point to the Board, instead of three.

The extra two minutes will give community members ample time to discuss issues with Trustees, rather than leaving them rushed and overwhelmed by the three-minute timer.

Trustees also approved a First Quarter Budget Amendment for the 2018-19 school year projecting a lower recapture payment, increase to fund changes in the Curriculum and Instruction chart, and inner department/campus transfers.

The projected recapture payment has decreased from $500,000 to $170,000 based on a projected weighted average daily attendance (WADA) increase of about 58, resulting in a decrease in expenditures by $40,000. Increases to Curriculum and Instruction include a $70,000 payment to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes for the enrichment portion of the Bulldog Club, which will be paid with funds in the Fund Balance.

Also approved were Mediore as the vendor for inspired classroom furniture which will be added to four classrooms and a library, Texas Floor Source as the vendor for district-wide flooring projects, and the winners of this year's Christmas card designs, who will be announced at the Dec. Board meeting.

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