Shaler Area shrinks honor roll pool

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The Shaler Area school board Wednesday night voted to tighten its honor roll requirements.

The plan -- approved unanimously by the seven members present -- was a compromise between the original proposed by district administrators and the present requirements. Jeanne Petrovich and Susan Hunt were absent.

For the past several years, 60 percent of Shaler Area High School graduates made the honor roll. “That many kids getting honors devalued the actual honor,” said Timothy Royall, high school principal. The original plan called for only the top 10 percent of Shaler Area graduates gaining highest honors, those in the 11th through 20th percentile making high honors and the 21st through 30th making honors.

However, after many parent complaints, administrators developed a plan that would allow for 40 percent of graduating seniors to earn honors. “We have taken into consideration the comments and concerns of parents,” said Kara Eckert, assistant to the superintendent.

The adopted plan will bestow highest honors on students with a grade-point average of 4.00 and above, high honors on those with GPAs from 3.99 to 3.75 and honors for graduates with a GPA between 3.74 to 3.50. The new plan will take effect for the 2014-2015 school year.

Rita Michel, freelance writer:

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