New grading scale, class rank changes for 2016-17
By Angie Landsverk
A new grading scale and way to recognize student achievement will go into effect at Weyauwega-Fremont High School next school year.
The school board voted 6-1 on April 25 to implement the changes. Dan Kohl voted no.
The changes also include the elimination of weighted classes and the the identification of a sole valedictorian at graduation.
District Administrator Scott Bleck said the changes will be grandfathered in at the high school.
While the new grading scale and move to the Laude system for recognition of student achievement will be immediate in the fall, the full implementation of the changes will begin with next year’s freshmen class, he said.
Weighted classes and the high school’s current grading scale went into effect in early 2005, when Advancement Placement classes were introduced.
A discussion about the current system began last summer and culminated in the proposed changes.
The new grading scale will be an A for 90-100, B for 80-89.9, C for 70-79.9, D for 60-69.9 and F for below 59.9.
While the class rank system will be eliminated, the graduating senior with the top grade point average will continue to receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship.
That $2,250 scholarship is applied annually toward the recipient’s college tuition.
In other business, the school board:
• Approved the district’s health insurance renewal, which includes a 7 percent reduction in the funding level for health insurance and no increase in funding for dental insurance.
• Voted to reduce the elementary teaching staff by one position for the 2016-17 school year, based on the projected kindergarten enrollment.
“We have to plan the budget with the known numbers now,” Bleck said. “Notification needs to be given should we need to reduce the teaching staff.”