Sto-Rox schools approve grade requirements for athletes

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If Sto-Rox is going to keep up its tradition of athletic excellence, its athletes are going to have to be at least average students.

The Sto-Rox School Board last night approved a policy stating that students must have at least a C in all their core subjects to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities. Their grades will be reviewed weekly.

"We will not have a football team," board member Luanne Schipani said, advocating that the board instead use the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League standard of a C average. "You can have a kid getting an A in English and an A in history, but maybe he's in trigonometry and he's struggling."

Other board members said it was a matter of raising expectations -- and noted that with weekly reviews students who are struggling will get ongoing chances to raise their grades and regain eligibility. Ms. Schipani cast the only dissenting vote.

To be eligible under the previous policy, Sto-Rox students had only to be passing four classes total and three of their four core subjects.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brian David can be reached at bdavid@post-gazette.com or at 412-722-0086.


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