School board to discuss GPA, budget

October 06, 1992|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

When the school board voted in August to raise the minimum grade point average for students participating in sports, it marked not the end but the beginning of controversy.

But the new 2.0 GPA comes up for discussion again at the Board of Education meeting, set for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at board headquarters on Riva Road.

Since the Aug. 5 decision, parents, students and coaches have appeared at nearly every board meeting to express concern over the new GPA policy.

Many people, including board Vice President Dorothy Chaney, have complained the decision was made without input from the community.

Most people have said they do not oppose raising the minimum GPA. But there has been much discussion of a policy that prohibits students with a failing grade from playing sports unless they can improve the grade within 20 days.

But they may not participate in athletics during the 20-day trial period.

The board also is scheduled to adopt a capital budget for fiscal year 1994 tomorrow.

Superintendent C. Berry Carter II has proposed an $89.5 million budget, nearly four times the size of last year's $22.7 million spending plan submitted to the County Council.

The council eventually approved a capital budget of $12 million.

This year's proposed budget includes construction money for seven schools and 35 requests for projects such as replacing and reinsulating boilers at some schools, replacing roofs at others, asbestos removal and portable classrooms.

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