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Ru al L" " r 1vln THE BATH COUNTY NEWS-OUTLOOK Owingsville, Ky.--Week of May 1 - May 7, 2003 0.100 an High School asks for waiver of grading scale for 2003-2004 year, but board denies request Sunny Kramer ............. News-Outlook Staff Writer The Bath County Board of Edu- cation met on Wednesday, April 23, to conduct their regular monthly meeting flr April which included adjusting of the grading scale, the discussion of funds for the prom and fund-raisers at OES. Approved were the minutes of the March 26 regular board meet- ing; the financial report for March 2003; and all claims. Brent Richards, with Ross- Tarrant, Inc., was present to ask the board for their approval of a revi- sion to BG- 1 for the HVAC System at Bethel Elementary School. Pa- perwork for the project had to be revised to reflect the actual bid amount, which is $335,000. After a motion was made by board mem- ber Gayle Croucb and seconded by board chairman Sandy Crouch, the motion carried 5-0. Bath County Principal Paul Prater addressed the board, with a request from his school&apos;s site-based deci- sion making council for a waiver of the Bath County School System's grading scale for the 2003-2004 school year. In December, the board changed the schools' grading scale for next year. The scale had made an "A" 93-1(X); The change lowered an "A" to 90-100. Prater said BCHS staffwas polled and the results were split; 50 per- cent in favor and 50 percent op- posed. He added that the SBDM council was "strongly in favor" of keeping the scale 93"1(X). Carol Laferty spoke next, on be- half of the SBDM council. She has taught business at the school for 10 years. "Our council did vote to keep the grading scale at 93-100/' she be- gan. "Why would we lower our expectations for students when we're trying so hard to improve our test scores?" Laferty was worried about the message that would be sent to stu- dents and said she was against "dumbing down education." She also was wanted to ensure students were prepared for college or voca- tional school. Laferty said she contacted the Office of Recruitment and Reten- tion at Morehead State University and learned that 20 percent of en- tering freshmen at MSU have to take remedial classes, which they receive no credit for, before they take others. Prater offered the statistic that only 10 percent of Bath County students graduate from college. "With the grading scale we cur- rently have (93- I00), plenty of stu- dents are getting A's," said Laferty. "Too many I think." Laferty polled seven area schools and all but one had lowered their scores to 90-100. The one excep- tion, Morgan County, still has their grading scale at 93-100. BCHS teacher Lorraine Leadingham expressed her opposi- tion to lowering the scale by say- ing, "I'm probably the second hard- est teacher at that school and I'm teaching at an eighth grade level." Chairman S. Crouch explained that she was in favor of keeping the lowered scale because of KEES scholarship money and for the stu- dents who work hard, but struggle to make good grades. A BCHS student addressed the audience to say that she wished she had been pushed harder while in school. Before sitting down she added that, "A 90 will never be an A to me." "A teacher has control of stan- dards in the room," said G. Crouch. S. Crouch made the motion to keep the scale 90-100 for next year. G. Crouch seconded her motion and it carried 4-1, with board mem- ber Bobby Rogers voting no. In other business, a local church was given permission to use the athletic field for a revival. Bath County Girl's Softball Coach Bertha Johnson announced that the softball field was now in decent shape and thanked the school board. BCHS teacher Lee Ann Ramey, who is in charge of prom this year, addressed the board and asked if there was anyway possible that they could get money for their event. The board didn't approve many of their fundraising ideas and with funding low, the committee is in desperate need. A motion was made by G. Crouch for the board to come up with up to $3,000 for the prom, but only if the funds are still needed after all fund- raising efforts are complete. The motion carried 5-0. i i | One of a kind. Just h'ke Mont. TeleYora's Venetian G/ass Bouquet She'll treasure this truly one-of-a-kind, handblown gas vase- so beautifully recreated in a style begun in 12th century Italy. For nationwide same-day delivery of this lovely Gift Bouquet, call or ...... visit our shop. Don't forget we have Cynbidium Corsages, Hanging, blooming baskets, 1 Ferns, Azalaes, Roses, Geraniums, ,,,,,,, Crystal, balloons and Angels. We Deliver. 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