2013-10-19 / Galeton News

Galeton board mulls grad standards

Galeton Area School administrators are considering changes in graduation requirements in the wake of results from standardized tests given last spring.

Slightly more than one-third of the 28 senior high school students taking the Keystone Exams met the proficiency standards for algebra, biology and literature, according to Principal Larry Smith.

Keystone Exams were developed by the Pa. Dept. of Public Education to replace the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams. While school districts may opt to require that students meet the proficiency standards of the Keystone Exams in order to graduate, the state law contains a loophole for the districts.

They can instead award diplomas to students of they meet a “validated local assessment.”

Galeton’s administrators are going to deliberate whether to adopt local standards in lieu of the Keystone Exams as part of an update of the district’s strategic plan. The revised plan will be drafted and submitted for public comment prior to adoption.

In other business, the school board:

• accepted the resignation of business manager Christy Jeffers and agreed to advertise for a successor.

• appointed Teri Batterson to serve the remainder of Jill Cizek’s term through December 2014 following Cizek’s resignation.

• heard that four contractors have shown interest in bidding on the revised package of building upgrades and will tour the property with Building and Grounds Committee members Rick Lehman, Mike Plummer, Andy Meyer, Gibb Ruef and Superintendent David Wishard.

• acknowledged a service award presented to school board member Mike Hoza by the Pa. School Boards Association.

• announced that discussion of applicants to succeed Wishard, who is retiring, will be held at the board’s next meeting on Oct. 28.

(Information used as the basis for this story was provided by Morgan Petrencsik, student reporter.)

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