COLUMBIA CITY â€” An effort to be fair to all students led Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees to discuss valedictorians and possible changes to its grade-weighting system.
Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor said she would like to propose the Board of Trustees make a motion to eliminate increased grade weights for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
While brainstorming this issue, some on the board said the designations of valedictorian and salutatorian have created a great deal of trouble, possibly more than either is worth.
â€śI have heard of some schools that have done away with class rankings,â€ť said board member Jill Western. â€śThey think valedictorian and salutatorian have become passe. There is such ridiculous competitiveness sometimes, and we have had to split hairs some years (figuring out who earned the honors).â€ť
The superintendent noted some districts have done away with those rankings, while others might have as many as 20 valedictorians. She said research was required before such a decision is made.
â€śMaybe we should look at that,â€ť said Board Vice-President Tim Bloom. â€śMaybe the time has passed for valedictorians and salutatorians.â€ť
Board member Bill Tucker asked if these schools did away with rankings entirely, or just the designations for the top two.
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