School board passes policy on graduation

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The Switzerland County School Board on Monday night passed a policy that clarifies how the high school will determine who the Class Valedictorian and Class Salutatorian are each year for the graduating seniors.

“Really, what the board did was simply to restate the policy that had been in place for many years,” Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jones said. “When the high school began offering weighted classes, then we got away from the original policy for the past several years, but this brings things back to that policy.”

The new policy states that:

“The senior class Valedictorian shall be the student or students with the highest academic cumulative Grade Point Average. All students with a GPA of 4.0 or above will receive the designation of Valedictorian.

“The Salutatorian shall be the student or students with the highest GPA below a 4.0. A committee chosen by the principal and guidance counselor will select two students to give the graduate addresses.”

The policy was also adopted for a four year span, which means that it will be in effect for all students who are currently in the high school.

“The board felt that it was important to have continuity throughout all four years that our students were in the high school,” Dr. Jones said.